“Microsoft’s Windows resumed its usual losing form last month as the operating system’s usage share dropped by about a third of a point even as the new Windows 7 posted a second straight month of impressive gains, Web metrics firm Net Applications said Friday,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
MacDailyNews Take: What’s impressive about releasing a piece of unfinished derivative crap, then releasing a service pack masquerading as a new OS version and seeing people flee from the stale to the fresher crap?
Keizer reports, “Although rival desktop operating systems — Mac and Linux — essentially remained flat, mobile OSes, including Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone OS, took up the slack created by Windows’ dip. Mobile operating systems, said Net Applications, now power 1.3% of all the hardware that surfs the Internet.”
“As it did in 2008, Windows’ decline again accelerated in the second half of the year, when it lost 1.2 points of share. That compared to a drop of just 0.5 of a percentage point in the first six months of 2009. In 2008, Windows also lost more than twice as much share between July and December as it did in the preceding six months,” Keizer reports. “But the slip doesn’t mean Windows is in any danger of losing its grip on the operating system market anytime soon: At the pace of the last 12 months, Windows would retain a majority share for another 25 years.”
MacDailyNews Take: Too bad for Microsoft that once the tipping point is reached, the fall accelerates significantly.
Keizer continues, “Microsoft’s newest OS, on the other hand, boosted its share by 1.7 percentage points to end December with 5.7%, meaning that approximately 1 out of every 18 machines on the Web ran Windows 7 last month… Apple’s Mac OS X dipped for the second month in a row, finishing December with 5.1% after a decline of a statistically insignificant 0.01 of a percentage point. Most months, however, Mac OS X posts gains, not losses…”
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