Even though we like to talk primarily about mobile operating systems on this site (our name is Android Central, after all), we recognize that just about everyone uses a desktop computer of some sort on a daily basis. Here at AC, our team of writers and editors work from a mix of Macs, Windows PCs, Linux machines, and Chromebooks, and we generally are comfortable with our personal choice of devices and software. What we weren’t sure of, however, was exactly which desktop operating systems our readers preferred to use.
Last week Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its desktop operating system, Windows 11, and aside from the design tweaks and functional improvements, one of the most talked-about features of the update was the fact that users will be able to download and run Android apps from Amazon’s appstore. Actually, Windows users can also sideload Android apps, but the larger point is that Android apps can run on Windows 11. So this got us wondering — is Windows the most popular desktop OS choice for our readers?
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It turns out the answer is a resounding YES. Over 60% of respondents said that Windows was indeed their preferred desktop operating system. Linux followed in a distant second place with around 17% of the vote. Perhaps most surprisingly, macOS and Chrome OS were virtually tied with around 11% of the vote each. We would have thought more Android faithful might stay in the larger Google ecosystem, but the results didn’t bear that out here.
Here are some of the explanations our readers gave for their poll choices. Benjamin Haube told us that he voted for Windows, but he was also somewhat lukewarm in his support of the platform:
I am a #Windows and #Android user. I wouldn’t say I LOVE either one of them, but they both get the job done without being stuck in Apple’s inescapable garden.
— Benjamin Haube🏳️🌈🏁 (@benhaube) June 27, 2021
I believe that reader Joey Moore echoed what a lot of the poll respondants were thinking when he told us:
Mac for daily use, Windows for gaming, Android for anything mobile.
— Joey Moore (@joey_a_moore) June 26, 2021
Finally, we recognize that our audience skews toward the nerdier, more expiremental tech enthusiasts, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Linux beat out macOS and Chrome OS. Per reader Tournel Henry:
The fact that Linux is a little higher than Mac OS in the polls is impressive 🤣.
Guess that says something about the Android demographic
— Tournel Henry (@TournelHenry) June 26, 2021
What about you? If you didn’t get a chance to answer the weekend poll, what desktop operating system do you prefer? below.
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