Windows continues to remain the predominant operating system installed on over 90% of all PCs sold worldwide, but Linux has emerged as a leading platform for smartphones, cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
A decade ago, it was predicted that Linux would overtake Windows as the operating system of choice. However, this hasn't been the case - instead, it remains a niche platform for PCs and is predominantly used on desktops for heavy-lifting computing applications.
While Windows has won the OS war, Linux dominates the mobile space. Roughly four out of every five smartphones runs on Linux, including open source Android phones.
Many cloud apps run on Linux, while Microsoft has relied on Linux for some of its cloud services. The platform is emerging as a popular choice for IoT apps as well.