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Microsoft Windows is Dying Based on Data From Windows-Friendly Firm

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Summary: Even the most Microsoft-friendly Web surveys (where Windows-oriented sites are grossly overrepresented) show a sharp decline in Windows usage and gains are attributed to Chromebooks

IN THIS GNU- and Linux-dominated world (except in desktops/laptops) we need not write so often about the demise of Windows. In fact, we have not been doing that for months. Windows is rotting on its own while platforms like RHEL and Android thrive.



"Windows is rotting on its own while platforms like RHEL and Android thrive."Watch how Microsoft spins the latest figures that demonstrate the collapse of Windows, even on desktops/laptops. As one blogger put it, "I woke up today, on the first day of January, and read Mechatotoro's post about the jaw-dropping December 2014 market share statistics for Windows 8*.

"While the optimistic Winbeta site claims the market share loss is due to the traction gained by Windows 10, I doubt it."

That is complete nonsense. Vista 8 was probably the worst-performing version of Windows since the 1980s (adoption rates worse than Vista) and the next vaporuware (Vista 10) started 20 months ago and is still not released. To say that Windows usage is declining because of some experimental build is simply delusional, but then again, these are Microsoft boosters we're talking about. Their loyalty to Microsoft transcends logic and facts. The boosters cannot shoot the messenger either because Net Applications is closely connected to Microsoft. Therein lies the great irony.

One blogger has complained the the press (e.g. the Wintel-friendly corporate media) is not covering this major finding:

December Was a Disaster for Windows 8.x...Why Aren't We Hearing about It?



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Windows 8 and 8.1 combined seemed to have lost a whooping 7.07% market share! They went down from 18.65% in November to 11.58% in December. That is something! Why aren't we hearing about this in all the (pro-Windows) tech sites??


For those who wonder what has been gaining at Windows' expense (other than mobile devices where Android reigns supreme), "Data reveals Chrome OS might have been a roaring success in December". To quote this report: "Stats published earlier today by analytics company NetApplications suggests that Google's operating system, Chrome OS, might have a bumper month thanks possibly to Christmas sales.

"Data compiled for the month of December 2014 shows that Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 suffered significant dips while Windows XP and OSes classified as "Other" have increased significantly."

We too bought a Chromebook, but we installed GNU/Linux on it. Chromebooks are significantly cheaper than 'fat' laptops with Windows, so no wonder Microsoft is so nervous and afraid of Google.

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