Windows 7 remained the top dog of operating systems with a share of 44.37 percent last month, leaving XP in second place with 37.17 percent. Looking at it from a broader view, Windows in general captured 91.51 percent of the market in June, followed by the Mac OS with 7.2 percent and Linux with 1.28 percent. Article
Not surprised, as much negative press as Vista got as a result of the OEMs trying to slap it on machines with a 1.8ghz single core with 512MB RAM it never made it very far, yet both Windows 7 and 8 (and 8.1) are both essentially Vista with a few tweaks, still Windows 6.x
Not to me. As you know Android is a build of Linux and with all the cell phones and tablets out there which run it can easily amount to 1.3%, since the statistics are based on web traffic. Windows XP doesn't surprise me either, look at all the people that use a computer just for email and web purposes (such as our parents) and who know about as much about computers as I do about astrophysics. Plus for security conscious people, you can easily setup a VM with Windows XP due to the lack of DRM in Windows XP which makes it easy (or use Windows XP Mode if you are using Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate) and access the internet through there.
Of course Windows 8 figures are boosted by the Windows ReTarded Edition tablets, and Windows Phone.
XP is still heavily used in offices and hospitals and government... it is a huge expensive to change OS for these guys.... look how long it took Windows 98 to be replaced in places like these... it will still be a few years before XP is replaced.
Nah XP will be replaced pretty darn quick once support is dropped and security holes start getting exploited. I doubt they will jump to Windows 8 though because of the Windows 8 UI (can't say Metro) and the possibility of reduced productivity, as well as the possibility of older applications not working correctly with the new UI. Windows 7 will be supported until 2020 since Windows 7 SP2 became Windows 8 instead.
And Microsoft had to write-down (loss) $900,000,000 for Win8 RT/Surface. Nobody wants to buy a confusing OS intended for touch devices but forced on Desktop users. The PC desktop market is alive and well so it's not a market issues, it's an OS issue.Windows 8.1 is much of the same with some key features that Win 8 had removed (like backups for example) ... hopefully that gets put back in before RTM.5% market share a year later is a horrible statistic for Microsoft. Fortunately for Microsoft their Enterprise division (SQL server, server, exchange server, etc.) is keeping the company going.If Windows 9 turns out to be another flop, then Microsoft will most likely pull out of the OS consumer market and become a company that just focuses on the "backend" (servers, etc.).On the console front, it looks like PS4 will probably take market share there also ... how and why Microsoft thought ability to do "conference calls" on the XBox One is important for gaming is beyond me?? Last thing I want while gaming is to hear and see someone else Jibber Jabber away.
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