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  • Beware fake “patches” for Firefox

    Posted on October 2nd, 2017 at 10:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got an email from Q, warning that he saw this fake update notice in the wild:

    From the Firefox site:

    To our knowledge those notices are a form of “malvertising“: those fake notices get triggered by code contained in ads that are displayed on otherwise legitimate websites you are visiting and get spread through advertisement networks… they are hosted on randomly generated and quickly changing domains

  • The power of real numbers: Windows at one billion vs. iOS at one billion

    Posted on October 2nd, 2017 at 09:32 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft used to claim that it had 1.5 billion Windows users. Now that number’s down to one billion. It’s all hand waving because Microsoft has never published, you know, any numbers. Günter Born has an interesting take.

    This morning Horace Dediu at Asymco published a startling graph:

    Dediu, who has a remarkable facility with discerning numbers and trends, says that Apple now has one billion iOS devices in use. No hand waving. No “beeelions of people use Windows.” These are hard, cold iOS phones and tablets. He goes on to say:

    The Apple A11 Bionic processor has 4.3 billion transistors, six cores and an Apple custom GPU using a 10nm FinFET technology. Its performance appears to be almost double that of competitors and in some benchmarks exceeds the performance of current laptop PCs… Currently Apple ships more microprocessors than Intel.

    Gather round, folks. We’re witnessing the end of an era.

    UPDATE: Dediu just tweeted:

    Trailing 12 months’ PC shipments 265 million. Trailing 12 months’ iOS devices 281 million.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: Sorry, folks. I’m too wound up to do any work today. ABC news just published a number for people to call, a Las Vegas “law enforcement number,” to check on the status of folks in LV: 1-866-535-5654. H/T @barbbowman. John Wink (MSFT) reports that he’s been on hold for 15 minutes.

    NPR has an ongoing report.

  • Usage share: Win10 up, Chrome mixed, Edge still an also-also ran

    Posted on October 2nd, 2017 at 08:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The September numbers are in and the results are…. (drum roll, maestro):


    NetMarketshare (all desktop OSs) – Win7 has hovered between 46 and 49% for the past year, now at its lowest, 46.22%, down measurably from August. Win10 is at its highest share in the past year, up just a bit at 28.65%. XP and 8.1 continue slow, steady declines, now at 5.5% for XP, 5.8% for 8.1. Big winner this month is “Other,” which now holds 10% market share, its highest in a year.

    StatCounter (Windows by version) – Big drop for Win7, from 45% to 44% in the past month. Big boost for Win10, from 37.9 to 39.3%. In the past year, Win10 has gone from 30% to almost 40%.

    Desktop Browsers

    NetMarketshare – Chrome has been hovering between 56 and 60% in the past year, now at 58.5%, down about one point in September vs August. Edge at its lowest point in the past year, down more than half a point in the past month to 5%. IE continues its well-established slide, ending at 13.8%. Good news for Firefox, now at its highest point in the past year, 12.7%.

    StatCounter – Chrome is up a half point, to 64%. Firefox holding steady around 14%. Edge up from 4 to 4.3%

    Gregg Keizer will have a detailed analysis in Computerworld later today.