Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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I don't get it. How anyone can consider seriously what Balmer says when in the same time he is keeps telling that he does not take the iPhone seriously when in the same time the iPhone has captured 51% of the mobile web traffic?

"According to Microsoft, Linux is a bigger threat to the company than Apple, placing Linux above Apple in the marketshare figure pie chart thing."

Does not make any sense, Linux hardly grabs 1% of the market share.

"I think depending on how you look at it, Apple has probably increased its market share over the last year or so by a point or more."

Mac OS X browser market share represented 6.38% in February 2007, and in January it represented 9.63%. Even in those numbers do not show how many Apple macs are out there, they show that their usage is growing significantly.

Linux may represent more than 1% but then probably Apple would represent more than 10%. In any case Linux lags well behind OS X.

"As much as I find Ballmer a rather annoying figure, he does score a major point here. About 300 million PCs were shipped worldwide in 2008. Round and about 9-10 million of those were Macs. Apple's market share might be increasing, but it's still relatively irrelevant compared to the bigger picture. As we said yesterday, Apple might be doing swell in the United States, but on a worldwide scale, Cupertino still falls a bit to the wayside."

Does no make sense, because of course Apple can't have huge growth in the worldwide market share as it is absent in some markets where pc volumes are made. It makes more sense to see where Apple is growing country by country, or to look how it is doing in key activities. Apple is doing quite well in a lot of countries besides US, say Japan, France, Switzerland, England, etc.... Apple is staring to push further in China, even if it still represents only a small slice of the Chinese market, it did manage to get a 49% increase in unit sales during the third quarter 2008 from a year earlier. Also Apple is doing well in key activities, video production, music production, science, education. Those activities represent generally two digits market share.

"In any case, it appears that Linux (and piracy) is a larger blip on Microsoft's radar than Apple, and it's not hard to see why."

How, Linux, even if it is a nice alternative to windows, does not represent a large installed base besides server markets or maybe in a much less extent some activities like science, technical applications.

"With an economy that's not doing very well, people will opt for cheaper products. Apple cannot offer those, but Linux and piracy can."

This is flawed thinking, Linux did not make big impacts in the netbook market being quickly replaced with windows XP, and still what it is about here? Saying that in a troubled economy, people will automatically choose cheaper and crappy product is not true, you don't have anything to prove that. They still keep consider into investing in computers more expensive but largely more powerful and functional.

Abd don't say me that netbooks are functional for today's computing, they are not, you like it or not.


"Linux has it own strengths and has a insane speed of innovation"

Which innovations besides what it is happening in the kernel itself, don't say me KDE4?

" Both 7 and 10.6 won't offer much to normal consumers, except better resource usage. That is something you get on Linux today. "

Well sure that's way my Ubuntu keeps being slower to boot or to operate than my Leopard system on my macbook pro. Besides being well behind in terms of usability, productivity, features and modernity. And concerning about the fact that both windows 7 or OS X 10.6 won't offer much to the normal consumers, i guess you need to inform yourself a little more. Or at least you should wait until those systems are chipped to make any judgement.

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