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Part of a Trend: February 2024 Mail (MX) Server Survey Shows That Microsoft Fell to Just 0.19% of the Market With Only 725 Servers (Exim Has 222,055 Known Ones)

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Feb 06, 2024,
updated Feb 06, 2024

Times Square in New York City - United states

Microsoft is falling at freefall speed in just about every category, including server and desktop (client); all it has left is money-losing vapourware and a "gaming" division whose growth is acquired at a huge, utterly irresponsible cost*

This was published days ago (February):

MX Basic Technology Breakdown: Microsoft down

NOW that the market share (so-called) of GNU/Linux reaches new highs, based on numerous independent Web surveys, let's revisit the state of Windows and Microsoft. The above chart, which is new, provides further affirmation of what we've been saying for years. IIS will probably get abandoned within years if not months; Microsoft's share in Web servers has fallen to absurdly low levels. There are no signs of recovery or "bounce-back".

Let's examine the client side for a bit. We're not even counting ChromeOS, as we don't view Chrome and ChromeOS as freedom-respecting. It's like non-Microsoft 'Microsoftism', powered by 'former' Softers who make the Web proprietary like Microsoft did 20+ years ago.

Let's focus on GNU/Linux distros that are preloaded with Freedom-respecting software.

"The market share post is interesting," one reader said. But it sort off leaves out the fuller picture because at 4%, that is more market share than Mozilla's Firefox at this point.

However, what goes without saying, and thus went unsaid, is that Linux is #1 in servers, embedded devices, mobile devices, supercomputers, and probably some additional areas that count for billions of smaller circuitries. The desktop is just the visible layer seen only at the big box stores, according to our reader.

It's worthwhile to enumerate the categories. There are network routers and some other critical infrastructure which people tend to forget even exist due to their relative lack of visibility (even if they run the world's backbones for interconnected networking, including undersea equipment and satellites).

Anyway, Microsoft is almost irrelevant in most of these areas. It bought a company with something in almost every chip, then rebranded it "Azure RTOS" (to help fake Azure 'growth'; it's really just Eclipse ThreadX) and that hardly gave it any real leverage. Like Microsoft had bought GitHub, only to suffer major losses (it laid off staff, shut down all the offices and so on while keeping the casualties under NDAs).

We expect Microsoft's debt to continue growing and the share price to tumble because there's nothing concrete to justify it.

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* XBox and Activision are both down, but Microsoft combines those two to pretend there is "a lot of money" (this title is a lie as Microsoft is losing a lot of money, having just paid a lot for Activision). Microsoft seems to be giving up on XBox in general. It's between the lines in this month's news. Microsoft resorts to ridiculous spin. Now it gives titles to any console - a path towards a post-XBox era. Sites have been saying for nearly a year that XBox is dying, so Microsoft has just wheeled out its media mole Dina Bass for some spin in "Mike" Bloomberg's media. With mass layoffs as recently as weeks ago, impacting both XBox and Activision, things must be really bad at XBox, which implemented further cuts and has moreover just culled entire teams, services etc. What will be Microsoft's future revenue source? Profiting by "advising" after Windows data breaches?

"Every time you use Google, you're using a machine running the Linux kernel."

--Chris DiBona, Google

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