“Apple is winning the OS wars, setting the agenda for the future of computing,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.
“Microsoft Windows has been dominant on PCs, but PC sales are in free fall. PCs will still be around, but they won’t be essential. Tablets, TVs and mobile devices will be suitable for most tasks. Microsoft has no significant presence in mobile (and won’t get one) and its operating system is fragmented. People are not upgrading.,” Evans writes. “Android dominates the mobile OS in terms of dumb sales but the devices that shore up its share are running old versions of the OS. Worse yet, they aren’t upgradable. The majority of Android devices sold in the shops today will never run the current OS version. They are dated the day you take them out of the box. When it comes to defining an OS future, they are a waste of time and money.”
“The Mac will continue to make gains at the expense of Windows, but will eventually mutate into becoming a sub-branch of iOS,” Evans writes. “Apple’s iOS is the king of the jungle. This is because an astonishing 70 percent of iOS devices are already running the latest Apple mobile operating system… Apple is in the cat-bird-seed [sic] [recte catbird seat] position to extend its operating systems into new device paradigms. Apple is winning the OS war.”
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As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail… No company is invincible. Not even Microsoft. – MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2005