While the growth rate of Chrome OS in the United States K-12 education sector has slowed, it is still the dominant platform according to the latest sales analysis from Futuresource. The consulting firm released their quarterly K-12 market analysis and it points to Google’s platform holding a commanding 59.8% market share for the third quarter of this year. That’s up 2% over the second quarter and is up 2.1% over 2016.
The numbers certainly show that the penetration of the platform into the K-12 market has slowed significantly, thanks both to market maturity as well as an influx of competition from both Apple and Microsoft. Both companies have made strategic investments into getting a piece of the education pie in the US but both still have a long way to go. Microsoft’s Windows platform is a distant 2nd place at 22.3% market share while Apple sits at 17% if you combine both MacOS and iOS.
What is interesting is the rest-of-world side of the Futuresource report. There, Chrome OS is sub-10% of the market at 7.7% while Microsoft’s Windows dominates at some 66.5% for last quarter. As for Apple, they have under 10% in the rest of the world.
You can read the full report over at the Futuresource site. It is not a long read and well worth it, especially if you are a fan of Windows or Chrome OS. There are some good insights into the market and where each of the companies need to focus their attention to gain in the market.