Windows 10 experienced strong growth in May 2020

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Netmarketshare, a web analytics company, has published statistics on the prevalence of various Internet browsers and operating systems in the world as of May 2020. If in April the share of Windows 10 decreased from 57.34% to 56%, then in May it began to recover, reaching 57.83%.

With the recovery of Windows 10, the Linux platform has not stopped growing. It received a stake of 3.17% in May after 2.87% in April and 1.36% in March. MacOS positions remain almost unchanged – the share decreased from 9.75% to 9.68%. But Windows 7 continues to fall – now the OS accounts for 24% of the market after April 25.59% and March 26.3%.

Google browser continues to confidently dominate and enhance its superiority. Chrome already accounts for 69.81%, a new record after April’s 69.18%. Edge rose slightly from 7.76% to 7.86%, but Firefox’s share in third place fell from 7.25% to 7.23%.

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Microsoft continues to actively develop the Windows system for Linux (WSL) shell. At the Build 2020 conference, Microsoft announced the next step: support for GUI applications along with hardware acceleration. In the future, it will be possible to run GUI Linux applications in Windows. After adding a full-fledged Linux kernel as part of the WSL2 update (which is part of the Windows 10 May 2020 update) and tight integration of Windows 10 Explorer with Linux files, this step as a whole seems quite logical. But still, we did not expect such announcements.

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This will be implemented without the need for X11 forwarding by Windows users. The innovation is primarily intended for developers to allow them to run the Linux Integrated Development Environment (IDE) along with regular Windows applications.

And although before that it was possible to run Linux GUI applications on Windows using a third-party X server, it was devoid of any practical meaning due to useless graphical performance. Microsoft promises to solve this problem. Windows 10 will soon get hardware GPU acceleration with Linux tools. This primarily relates to development scenarios, including parallel computing or machine learning and artificial intelligence models.

Hardware acceleration will be available in the Windows 10 Insiders Preview in the next few months. But the final version should arrive in the fall with the release of the Windows 10 Fall 2020 Update. As far as Linux application support is concerned, Microsoft promises to provide more details later this year. However, we will keep you updated regarding this subject.

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