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Windows Server Lost the Internet and So Will Windows (on the Desktop/Mobile)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Servers, Windows at 1:05 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Why Microsoft’s erosion in the server side (usage-wise, not revenue-wise) is likely to further motivate erosion on the desktop

HE WHO controls the back room will also dominate the client side, be it cellphones and desktops or whatever. It’s a well known fact and one that must really worry Microsoft.

Major Microsoft outages may lead to ASA intervention for false advertising. There is this new article about the Hotmail outage, sent to us yesterday by a reader. This whole downtime mess helps demonstrate what happens when one relies on Windows and other Microsoft products. Just watch how Microsoft fails to tackle ARM compatibility issues, even in the mythical Vista 8 which lacks support for browser plugins and is likely to suffer a backlash similar to Vista’s when it’s out in 2 or more years. It has been advertised since April 2009, 4+ years in advance (a time period throughout which a GNU/Linux distribution might have 8+ new versions released).

Going back to Web services, this is where GNU/Linux is clearly winning as we noted some days ago. The Inquirer has this to add:

Microsoft’s IIS webserver is the second most widely used webserver daemon after Apache. While it never occupied the top spot, at one point in 2007 it was starting to get close to Apache’s hugely popular webserver software. However since 2008, its market share plummeted and while it still manages to hold onto second place, there’s the best part of 50 percentage points difference between Apache and Microsoft’s IIS and the Vole’s IIS apparently is back to the level of market share that it saw in 1997.

Apache’s HTTPD webserver is popular for two reasons. It runs on just about every operating system out there, and it can be implemented in other products such as Oracle’s own application server products. Microsoft’s IIS, on the other hand, is closed source and runs only on Windows, so it’s no surprise that it lags behind Apache’s more robust and flexible sofware offering.

Microsoft failed so badly that it decided to just hijack Yahoo and eventually iinstalled a henchwoman there. Microsoft might be preparing to formally scoop up Yahoo! and maybe Nokia too, at least at a later stage (when it becomes cheap). Check out the news following Microsoft's passage of Nokia's patents to patent trolls (an antitrust issue):

Finnish mobile phone company Nokia has been deleted from the Stoxx Europe 50 index, a benchmark index owned by Deutsche Börse and the SIX Swiss Exchange Group that tallies the top 50 largest European corporations.

Late in August, Stoxx announced that Nokia would be delisted from the Stoxx 50 index, along with three banks: Intesa Sanpaolo and Unicredit from Italy, and GRP Societe Generale from France. Meaning the former powerhouse mobile phone maker is no longer big enough to be considered one of Europe’s biggest corporations.

Steve Ballmer keeps talking about Windows phones that don’t exist yet (see articles in the the previous post) and Microsoft is trying to make people think of about mythical versions of Windows rather than today’s version of Windows. What does that tell us?

“In the face of strong competition, Evangelism’s focus may shift immediately to the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

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  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    September 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm


    Speaking of hijacking Yahoo!, M$ is hemorrhaging money through Bing, Yahoo!’s new back end. It is the sad end of Yahoo!

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Microsoft loves devouring competitors using dodgy tactics.

    Notice that, based on this article from the corporate press, “Bing, Microsoft’s two-year old search engine, is losing nearly a $1 billion a quarter, with no sign of letting up.

    “Microsoft has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since the search service launched in June 2009, but the company’s search losses actually pre-date that. In fact, the software giant has never made money in its online services division. Since Microsoft began breaking out that unit’s finances in 2007, the company has lost a total of $9 billion.”

    Here is the part I don’t like. They cite US-only ‘stats’ from comScore, which is a partner of Microsoft. The reader might think that “Bing currently maintains a 14.7% share of the search market, up from 8.4% when Bing launched” (false).

    It also says: “More than half the share that Bing has gained has actually come from third-place Yahoo. The rest has come from search cellar-dwellers Ask.com and AOL.

    “There’s usually no such thing as “bad” market share growth, but Yahoo’s search is powered by Bing. That means more than half of Microsoft’s share growth has come from cannibalizing its search partner.”

    Now, let’s tackle the propaganda using a reality check regarding Bing losses in more than just the financial sense/aspect.

    As Homer points out in USENET (Tuesday 20 Sep 2011 19:31),”That’s only in the US, though, which has rather different trends to the rest of the world. Globally, Google’s market share is 83.02%, and Bing isn’t even in double figures at just 4.01%.


    “Google’s market share is even more impressive on mobile platforms, at 92.04%, while Bing barely registers a single percent at just 1.18%.


    Thank the corporate journalism for more spin and conditioning for false information.

    Needs Sunlight Reply:

    LiveSearch was the name before it was changed to Bing. How much money did LiveSearch lose and for how long? That needs to be added in, too.

    twitter Reply:

    Nice roundup, thanks.

  2. Michael said,

    September 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm


    This site has considerable downtime: as such, aren’t the complaints against MS a little hypocritical?

    XFaCE Reply:

    Well no, because Roy is one guy, and Microsoft is large corporation that promotes a reputation for quality and reliability, and people give it their money based on the promises given by this reputation. I think it’s reasonable to expect that Microsoft would have higher standards than a single guy hosting a blog and wiki. By your logic, I’m pretty sure most people would be hypocrites for criticizing anything.

    XFaCE Reply:

    *Higher standards and ability to avoid excessive downtime.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    You are feeding a known troll, telling him something he already knows.

    Michael Reply:

    I am a single person who runs websites as well. I do not have the type of downtime that Roy does with his site. Given how he builds his reputation on how reliable Linux is, wouldn’t you think he would want his site to have amazingly good up-time.

    Full disclosure: My sites run on Linux. By my choice. I think it is the best solution for my needs.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Your site is hardly touched. Techrights gets about 1,000 times the traffic, which is why you troll Techrights. You’re a bottom-feeding troll.

    twitter Reply:

    Given the tiny staff available to Techrights and the continued DDoS and other malice directed at the site, the wonder is not that Techrights suffers downtime, it’s that Techrights is up at all. These issues were reported as they happened. Larger organizations fall to smaller and less sophisticated attacks all the time.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Companies have redundancy and people who constantly monitor the site (24/7 NOC). After we got DDOSed we couldn’t even afford a monitored hosting plan, so if Apache goes awkward while I’m a sleep, it’s down until I wake up. It happened 3 times this month, which is unusual. All the administration is done from the command line in Cent OS.

    Michael Reply:

    Excuses. You cannot keep your own site running and you whine about others when they go down.

    I know my sites have much better up time than yours. As I said, though, this is nothing against Linux – I use Linux for web hosting and think it is the best option for my needs (I could just as easily use Windows or OS X).

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