The late, not-so-great Microsoft Windows 8

“In 2008, Microsoft’s Windows OS ran on 95% of all computing devices. By the end of 2012, Forrester estimated that Microsoft’s market share had declined to 30%,” John Kirk writes for TechPinions. “There are already more Android users than Windows users and by the end of 2013, it is probable that there will be more iOS users than Windows users too. If so, by the end of this year, Windows will be only the third most popular computer OS in the world.”

“The iPhone, alone, makes more profit than all of Microsoft and by the end of 2013 it is expected that the iPad, alone, will make more revenue than all of Microsoft too,” Kirk writes.

“Microsoft is not in any danger. But their personal computing empire is,” Kirk writes. “Microsoft is making more and more of their money from their server and tools division, which is a good thing. But their income from Windows and Office is still huge and it seems that both are tied to the declining PC sector. And as Microsoft loses its monopoly position, its dominance over even the declining PC sector is waning too.”

Kirk writes, “Microsoft will continue to make money on the sales of Windows 8 licenses but the goal of Windows 8 was to transfer Microsoft’s user base from desktops and notebooks to tablets and phones. That bid has, so far, failed.”

Tons more juicy stats and other tidbits more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Windows 8ista. And, unfortunately for Microsoft, but fortunately for the rest of the computing world, this time there’s no time for Windows 9.


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The Guardian: Microsoft’s Windows 8 is confusing as hell; an appalling user experience – March 5, 2012
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  1. Many times when google is compared to Apple , it is mentioned that its apple’s destiny to lose the war to android just like it lost the war to microsoft. Who lost the war again ?

    1. D-Day: War’s over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.

      Bluto: What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!

      Otter: Germans?

      Boon: Forget it. He’s rolling.

      Bluto: …and it ain’t over now. ‘Cause when the goin’ gets tough ………………………… the tough get goin’! Who’s with me? Let’s go! C’mon! [He runs out of the room, then returns to find no one followed .]

      Bluto: What the fuck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh?! This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst! “Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble.” Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this! Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead!

      Otter: Dead! Bluto’s right. Psychotic, but absolutely right. We gotta take these bastards. Now, we could fight ’em with conventional weapons. That could take years and cost millions of lives. Oh no. No, in this case, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.

      Bluto: And we’re just the guys to do it.

  2. The day will come, and it will be very soon, when the tipping point for Microsoft’s Windows OS arrives. Windows 8 has been a disaster so far. From the way the tablet market is evolving it surely looks like the rump of computer users (many who are still stuck on/ using Win XP) may actually be forced to look at MS offerings and respond with a resounding NO. Windows Nein may be that moment. Windows? Nein!

  3. I’m pretty sure if you include OS X with iOS they shit on Android’s numbers. How do they leave that out? There’s no way iOS’s+OS X’s combined numbers are less than Android’s numbers on smartphones and tablets.

    Laptops and desktops may be falling out of favor, but I’m pretty sure there’s a large amount of users for both, which MUST be combined with all iOS numbers to be accurate in the above comparisons.

  4. Leave the consumer market to Apple, and leave the corporate world to Microslut. Any attempt by Microslut to enter the consumer (read tablet) market is a dismal attempt certainly followed by failure. On the other hand, “heckuva job Ballsmer, keep it up”

  5. I use Linux Ubuntu at work and it completely eclipses Windows.

    Look, Apple has the luxury end. “it just works”. Gorgeous UI. Integration with iDevices.

    Ubuntu has the nerd/hacker, open, no-frills thing covered. And some.

    That leaves Windows with the no-clue no-class market.

  6. “Microsoft is making more and more of their money from their server and tools division…

    And yet they canned that division’s chief, Bob Muglia. Why? Because he bucked the trend?

    1. Increasingly, Steve Ballmer brooks no dissent from his managers, as he continues his descent into madness. Already resembling a cruel caricature of Pantagruel, and beginning to appear as a prominent case study in the psychiatric literature of high functioning delusional disorder, his shuffling of the chain of command has raised serious concerns on the part of unnamed board members as to his strategic vision, or just plain vision, particularly as some insiders have reported him imitating the mannerisms of Lex Luthor.

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