Microsoft Windows is seeing an increase in popularity in the K-12 education market, both in the US and worldwide. At least, that’s what the numbers from Futuresource Consulting seem to suggest.
Looking at the data they provided for Q3 2017, it looks like the shipments of mobile devices running Microsoft Windows, in particular notebooks, tablets, and Chromebooks, in the K-12 segment represent 22.3 per cent of the market. Compared to the Q2 period of the same year, that number was 18.4 per cent, representing an increase of a couple per cent. Although, these statistics consist of institutional purchases only.
Looking at the same timeframe, the shipments of iOS devices have dropped from 18.4 per cent to 12.3 per cent. There were some minor changes in the sales of devices running Chrome OS and Mac OS, but nothing too significant.
According to Microsoft officials, the growth has not exclusively affected the less expensive devices.
Looking at the worldwide statistics, Microsoft Windows remains the dominant education platform, making up 66.5 per cent of overall shipments in the education market in Q3 2017. In Q2 of the same year, that number was 57.1 per cent. In the same period, worldwide sales of Chromebooks have decreased from 24.4 per cent to 14.4 per cent, and iOS device shipments dropped from 8.3 per cent to 6.1 per cent.
Recently, Microsoft has started marketing Windows as easier for schools to deploy and manage, putting emphasis on the company’s Minecraft and OneNote offerings. Windows 10 S devices are now being actively marketed to both educators and students.