Move over, Microsoft Windows. Thanks to mobile, Google\u2019s Android is now king, as it has become the world\u2019s most popular operating system for getting online.Web analytics firm StatCounter reported that, for the first time ever, Android topped the worldwide OS internet usage market share. In March, looking at combined usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile, Android usage hit 37.93 percent. That was enough to narrowly overtake Windows\u2019 37.91 percent.\u201cThis is a milestone in technology history and the end of an era,\u201d said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. \u201cIt marks the end of Microsoft\u2019s leadership worldwide of the OS market, which it has held since the 1980s. It also represents a major breakthrough for Android, which held just 2.4 percent of global internet usage share only five years ago.\u201dStatCounter, which gets its data from 2.5 million websites, ranked iOS as the third most popular OS for getting online with 13.09 percent; only .75 percent of internet usage came from Linux.A hefty chunk of Android users came from locations others than the U.S. Last week, StatCounter reported that mobile internet usage in India was at 79 percent, which was more than double that of the U.S. (37.2 percent) or the U.K. (34.8 percent).The firm\u2019s analytics shows Android dominating the worldwide mobile OS market share with 71.61 percent in March. iOS had 19.5 percent, while Windows had a measly 1.01 percent. That isn\u2019t surprising considering how poorly the Windows Phone platform has been received.Windows still holds the title as the world\u2019s most used operating system on desktops and laptops. With a 39.5 percent market share in March, Windows is still the most-used platform in North America. The iOS platform is next with 25.7 percent usage in North America, followed by 21.2 percent of Android usage. In Europe, Windows is on 51.7 percent of devices. Yet in Asia, Android is on 52.2 percent, and Windows is on only 29.2 percent of devices.\u201cWindows won the desktop war, but the battlefield moved on,\u201d said Cullen. \u201cIt will be difficult for Microsoft to make inroads in mobile, but the next paradigm shift might give it the opportunity to regain dominance. That could be in augmented reality, AI, voice or continuum"\u2014a product that aims to replace a desktop and smartphone with a single Microsoft powered phone.Android apps secretly steal data without your permission from other appsElsewhere, in other Android news, Virginia Tech researchers\u00a0warn\u00a0that some Android apps that don\u2019t ask for overreaching permissions are actually stealing personal information from other apps.\u201cResearchers were aware that apps may talk to one another in some way, shape or form,\u201d said Assistant Professor of Computer Science Gang Wang. \u201cWhat this study shows undeniably with real-world evidence over and over again is that app behavior, whether it is intentional or not, can pose a security breach depending on the kinds of apps you have on your phone.\u201dAfter analyzing 110,150 Android apps over a period of three years, the researchers \u201cfound thousands of pairs of apps that could potentially leak sensitive phone or personal information and allow unauthorized apps to gain access to privileged data.\u201dThe study, funded by DARPA, took 6,340 hours and used DIALDroid software. DIALDroid is open source and available on GitHub. The team is presenting its findings at the Association for Computing Machinery Asia Computer and Communications Security Conference in Dubai. You can read the full report via the research paper \u201cCollusive Data Leak and More: Large-scale Threat Analysis of Inter-app Communications\u201d (pdf).