Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2011 21:16 UTC
Legal I've been sitting on this item all day. Technically, it's about patents and the like, and even I understand I've been beating this dead horse so often it almost looks like it's alive. However, this is an interesting opinion piece by Craig Hockenberry, long-time employee at The Iconfactory, one of my favourite software development houses - these guys breath software and beautiful design, and employ one of my favourite artists, David Lanham. The gist of his story? Software patents are killing the independent developer scene.
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JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

It's pretty well known they have a 90%+ share huh? http://itsalltech.com/2011/07/12/windows-loses-market-share-as-micr...

And they occupy less than 5% of the market? http://m.thenextweb.com/thenextweb/#!/entry/microsofts-mobile-marke...

The one thing we can say for sure, there isn't a statistic you aren't willing to make up.


Sooo... Since when are iOS, Java ME and Android desktop OS'es?

On the second statistic, that 7% still includes all of the WinMo devices. So yes, their WP7 has that smallish sub 1/20th of the market.

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rhavyn Member since:
2005-07-06

"It's pretty well known they have a 90%+ share huh? http://itsalltech.com/2011/07/12/windows-loses-market-share-as-micr...

And they occupy less than 5% of the market? http://m.thenextweb.com/thenextweb/#!/entry/microsofts-mobile-marke...

The one thing we can say for sure, there isn't a statistic you aren't willing to make up.


Sooo... Since when are iOS, Java ME and Android desktop OS'es?
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If you'd like to find a statistic that shows pure desktop marketshare I'd be happy to look at it. But the only thing close to a "desktop" share I can find is based on browser usage and includes mobile devices. I imagine that, given how many window installs are for things like kiosks, it's difficult to use a different methodology.

On the second statistic, that 7% still includes all of the WinMo devices. So yes, their WP7 has that smallish sub 1/20th of the market.


I'll concede that the statistic includes WinMo. So? They are transitioning to the next version of their mobile OS, are you going to claim that only Windows 7 counts towards their desktop share?

And are you going to actually address the important piece of my claim, that the amount of factually incorrect, emotional hyperbole regarding patents on OSNews is getting way over the top?

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TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Its pretty obvious you're just a troll. I know you are deficient when it comes to thinking, but if you look at the numbers and remove the 4% that mobile OS's that make up of all OS's, Microsoft just has a larger piece of the pie. Which means it has a higher than 86% of just the desktop market. All of a sudden, we're getting a lot closer to that 90% figure I used the first time around. I am done with this thread. You are just gonna keep trolling as long as I keep replying.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

StatCounter says 91.58%
http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201106-201106-bar

In addition according to Gartner and IDC Apple would have to grow 225%(3.76mil Q1 to 8.45mil Q2) last quarter to get Windows off 90% mark. And Windows machines have been in the 95% of all PC sales for the last 8 quarters. (Why Apple as a counterweight, because they are the only ones that ship enough PCs without Windows licenses)

This is anonymous internet most of what everyone writes has an emotional colour to it.

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