Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:00 UTC
In the News Since it's nigh on impossible to produce accurate figures of operating system usage, we have to make do with figures that provide a rough estimate, at best. One such set of statistics are the figures from Net Applications, which tracks the 160 million monthly visitors to its hosted websites. The latest figures from January 2009 have been published, and they show that the rise of Mac OS X continues, as well as that of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 did quite well too.
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RE[2]: OSspeculation - iPhone growth
by jabbotts on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:44 UTC in reply to "RE: OSspeculation"
jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

The iPhone growing in the mobile phone market would be fairly accurate. It's the hot sexy toy that all other mobile phones are benchmarked against right now. That doesn't relate to the rest of the market shares unless we can determine how the overall market has grown at the same time though.

The other problem is that it does not measure use; only retail success. retail and marketing success measures the companies ability to spin and spend money neglecting the actual product's qualities and application. Windows is not technically the best OS available nor is it applicable to many of the places it's used but we can agree that Microsoft is an increadable marketing and business strategy machine based on results from shady deals and "mind share".

I am grateful for the deluge of OS related articles on the site though. My pessimism is just expecting this to be the usual "I like blue" vs "I like red" arguments between posters.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I am grateful for the deluge of OS related articles on the site though. My pessimism is just expecting this to be the usual "I like blue" vs "I like red" arguments between posters.


Self-fulfilling prophecy, sir.

The more you mention "Oh this will surely devolve into [...]", the more likely it is to happen.

Edited 2009-02-02 13:54 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

That is the conundrum. The topic itself causes the discussion to be an argument of opinions versus facts but I figured mention it and hope it helps guide the rest of the conversations in a productive direction even if my own threads devolve versus say nothing and watch as all the threads devolve away from any productive information sharing.

We'll see how it goes though. Either way, I'm sure it'll be a high post count by the time everybody moves on.

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