Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2012 22:27 UTC, submitted by Piet Simons
In the News Interesting charts by Horace Dediu: "As a result the Mac began to whittle down the advantage Windows had. The ratio of Windows to Mac units shipped fell to below 20, a level that was last reached before Windows 95 launched. It's as if the Mac reversed the Windows advantage. This was an amazing turnaround for the Mac. But the story does not end there." Too bad Dediu didn't include Android devices in his charts. The picture would change dramatically, and would downplay the important of either Windows or Mac/iOS. We're in a three-horse race - not the two-horse race Dediu paints.
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"It has without a doubt moved to mobile form factors and left desktops in the dust in favor of notebook form factors."

Sure, phones and tablets will become an increasing part of how we consume media, and do 'simple' tasks like email.

But they aren't going to replace desktops / laptops. They - and their multi-tasking, multi-window OSes - are far too useful and productive for heavy duty workloads.

And this is the fundamental problem of Windows 8. They are miles behind Android and iOS in the mobile form factor race, and are likely to remain there (although Metro is a good interface for tablets, Windows 8 as a whole doesn't bring anything to tablets that they really need, apart from unnecessary bloat). But it shafts desktops and laptops for what they are, and will remain, really useful for.

Wth iOS the dominant mobile OS (at least as far as tablets / selling software is concerned), and MacOS being the primary development platform for it (as well as being a suitable Android dev platform) - whilst being focussed on what desktops / laptops do well - there is a risk that Windows 8 could completely decimate Microsoft's OS business.

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