Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 23:47 UTC, submitted by shaneco
Microsoft The month of December has already been unkind to Microsoft. The software giant's Windows operating system and its Internet Explorer browser saw significant market share drops reported on back-to-back days. Not only was the November percentage drop for Windows the biggest in two years, but Windows market share dipped below a number where it has historically held tight: 90 percent. According to Web metrics company, Net Applications, Windows market share as of Dec. 1 is 89.6 percent. Meanwhile, Mac OS X posted its largest gain in two years, with 8.9 percent market share at the end of November.
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Change in IT...
by centos_user on Thu 4th Dec 2008 23:41 UTC
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For anyone who works in IT change is a given, and getting complacent normally ends with you being unemployed and I would venture to say, anyone resting on their laurels in this job market is asking for a pink slip.

Windows skills are not as valuable as the Open Source technologies no matter how you shake a stick at it.

Popular today and gone tomorrow, with the cost of Licensing Windows/Office for a business and the need to cut cost I would say MS is going to have some hard sells ahead of them. With the economy in the gutter right now, from big mega-corps to mom & pop places are looking to save money and that means 'open source' apps/operating systems start to look pretty appealing to them.

Having freed up thousands of dollars on licensing may make or break a company from bankruptcy to being in the black so to speak...

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