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        Da Boss

        Browsers: NetMarketShare has pegged Chrome at or near 59% since February, with an imperceptible downtick July-to-August. Edge has been around 5.6% sin
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        AskWoody Plus

        With monthly changes as small as this, it seems that the main conclusion to draw is that in broad terms both Windows 7 and Windows 10 are maintaining their respective market share. That is not what Microsoft would want at this stage, I’m sure. They will surely have wanted a pronounced shift from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and it simply isn’t happening.

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          I would be willing to bet that the slight decline in Win7 use and the slight increase in Win10 use is almost entirely the result of people who were using older pc’s running 7 buying a new pc that had 10 pre-installed.


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        Netmarketshare: Linux desktop OS market share;

        July 2017 = 2.53%
        Aug 2017. = 3.37%


        Sep 2017 = 5% ?

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          The same report shows that Windows (all versions) dropped by .75% (from 91.45 to 90.70). So basically a swing from Windows to Linux of 3/4 of a percent in one month.

          Netmarketshare also shows, and I’ve already seen articles online pointing this out, that for the first time ever, Firefox usage exceeded Microsoft browser usage (I.E. plus Edge). Firefox of course has a Linux version but I.E./Edge doesn’t.

          And this is happening when Windows 7 is still supported for more than two more years. If the trends continue, you could see more and more developers providing Linux versions of their applications, and then you have a situation where the Microsoft monopoly is in serious jeopardy.

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          • #131779 Reply

            I installed Debian for my mom this month.
            Too bad it won’t show up in the stats and still block connections to these trackers.

      • #131672 Reply
        John in Mtl
        AskWoody Lounger

        Microsoft has about 2 years to turn the Windows ship around; and Windows 7 (and 8.1) users, especially customers with large user bases, have at least one more year to decide what to do next.  I feel they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Is Microsoft just “waiting it out”, confident that people will eventually “come around” and (reluctantly or not) get on the Windows 10 bandwagon?

        What a mess!

      • #131838 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        The only way that MS will ever recover it’s standing with the people of the world is to revert back to it’s corporate structure it had in the middle of the windows-7 development. They would, probably regain enough prestige to develop windows 10 into a viable unit for public and corporate consumption.

      • #131839 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        The facts and anger of the public shows that Windows 10 is a real, honestly, a complete MESS!!

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        I do not want to get on a soapbox but I do believe that MS has damaged itself badly in the last three years or so with the consumer segment of the market, particularly with the ham fisted tactics used to push W10. The various tactics associated with the GWX program exceeded the bounds of acceptable behavior one would expect from a major software company. The almost complete lack of public contrition speaks volumes of the current character of MS today. Now we have  Consumer Reports recently recommending against the purchase of all Surface products because of poor quality control and lack of customer support. MS has for all practical discussion cratered its ill-conceived strategy in mobile devices and Intel has basically cut the legal legs out from under MS if it attempts to emulate X86 architecture on ARM processors. If the corporate IT side of the business starts to fray even more than currently, MS will have a difficult dynamic attenuate once decisions become embedded in Board approved 3 to 5 year technology plans. The tragedy here is that MS is pushing the “cloud computing” story so strongly that they are willing to destroy viable options to ram cloud computing subscription models down everyone’s throat. There is money to be made in desktop/workstation OSs and if Linux offers developers an opportunity to distribute applications outside the incipient walled garden MS is trying to construct, things could become interesting.

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          lurks about
          AskWoody Lounger

          I posted on another thread what I observed recently at an event I was at. In nutshell, MS is shafting current customers so they can be ‘cloud’ company was this groups’ considered opinion; a group of mostly regular users. None were happy with what MS is doing to them and seemed to whole lot happier when options such as Macs, Linux, and Chromebooks were mentioned as someone gave them a glimmer of hope. Whatever MS evolves to I doubt any of these users will really want to be a part of it.

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