Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Nov 2008 00:11 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Windows Every now and then, an article pops up which argues that it would make sense for Microsoft to offer a free, ad-powered version of Windows. "We are all aware that Google is the king of online advertising. Microsoft has wanted to compete in that space forever, which is why giving away Windows 7 makes so much sense," Business Pundit argues, "Let's look at the numbers; Microsoft's operating systems are on 90% of the world's computers, or roughly one billion machines. That's penetration on a massive scale. Even Google has to be impressed." While these articles make some valid points, they rarely dive into the actual details.
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RE: Grasping at straws...
by Adurbe on Fri 21st Nov 2008 12:02 UTC in reply to "Grasping at straws..."
Adurbe
Member since:
2005-07-06

Microsoft inovate and compete as well, if not better than any other company... until they win

Prime example of this was IE6 which was a very good browser when it was being developed. Netscape died and so did the need to develop it further.

Mozilla/Safari came along, started getting 'enough' market share and Microsoft started developing again. IE7 seemed to be 'catch up' and IE8 is looking to be a 'build a lead' release

I recon that once OSX and Linux start becoming a genuine threat to them windows development will go through the roof!

(arguably Vista was the 'catchup' release and 7 will be the 'build a lead' release)

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RE[2]: Grasping at straws...
by lemur2 on Fri 21st Nov 2008 13:48 in reply to "RE: Grasping at straws..."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Mozilla/Safari came along, started getting 'enough' market share and Microsoft started developing again. IE7 seemed to be 'catch up' and IE8 is looking to be a 'build a lead' release


IE6 is in decline. IE7 picks up some of the losses, but not all, so that the rate of increase of IE7 is only about half to one third of the rate of decline of IE6.

Therefore the overall share IE6 + IE7 is decreasing. Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari are all increasing share. Firefox enjoys the bulk of the increases.

IE8 is too low to be measured at this time, since it has not yet been released to a wide audience.

I don't know where you get this notion of IE7 being a "catch up" ... it is a long way behind firefox and losing ground.

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RE[3]: Grasping at straws...
by Adurbe on Fri 21st Nov 2008 16:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Grasping at straws..."
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

Its 'catch up' in the respect it included tabs, rss and security :-p

IE7 is good enough that many people done HAVE to switch to firefox or anything else

My point was really that Microsoft only inovate when they have competion and 'something to beat'

IE 6 is an example, in my opinion, of a product that was allowed to stagnate because of the lack of anything credible to compete against at the time

Remember that firefox (Phoenix) wasnt even yet around when ie 6 came out and netscape were basically dead

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