The most popular operating system used by software developers

Stack Overflow has published the results of its 2017 developer survey, which reveal that Windows remains the most-used desktop operating system among software developers.

Of the 64,227 developers from 213 countries and territories who responded to the survey, 29,114 answered the platform question.

The change in the way the question was framed caused Linux desktop to shoot up to second place, after MacOS inched past it in 2015 and held onto its place in 2016.

Last year, Stack Overflow predicted that if OS adoption rates hold steady, fewer than 50% of developers would use Windows.

In this year’s results, 41% of respondents said they use Windows.

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