Tuesday, December 2nd 2008

Windows Market-Share Falls Below 90% Mark, Hits 15 Year Low

In the month of November, the market share of Microsoft Windows fell below the 90% mark, to 89.6%. This is a 15 year low in market share for the OS, according to market share data by Net Applications, sourced by TG Daily. The market share fell from its position same time, last year, at 92.4%.

One of the prime movers of this figure is the growth in market share of Apple's Mac OS X at 8.87%, slightly over 2% growth from its market share last year. According to the same data, Linux is still below the 1% mark.Source: TG Daily
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26 Comments on Windows Market-Share Falls Below 90% Mark, Hits 15 Year Low

#1
EastCoasthandle
No surprise here. Masses aren't moving to Vista thus the lower then average market share. From the look of it, XP still holds a respectable 71% marketshare
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#2
farlex85
Wow, what dominance. Just under 90% market share and that's a 15-year low, we need some competition. Mac is bringing it, if they can outlast the "hip" factor and release a product that could be considered mainstream (around $500 or so) they will really be in business. The internet won't allow for microsoft to follow the same formula of problematic releases it seems (i.e. vista).
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#3
lemonadesoda
That's interesting. I never realised Windows (still) had such a large market share (89.6%.). With netbooks, linux derivatives and MacOS I expected it to be a lower than this figure. Congrats MS! (Even if it is a little lower in % terms, it is still a phenominal performance).
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#4
mdm-adph
I'd love to be able to credit Linux for this, but I know this is mostly Apple's doing. :D

Though Linux installations in the netbook market are probably helping out some.
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#5
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Good to finally see that Windows is starting to be looked over and Linux is being found out!
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#6
PCpraiser100
I feel good now cause that's what they get for Vista lol.
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#7
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
microsofts stock has dropped like a rock over the past year. investors must have seen this coming. and like another poster said, i wish linux could be credited with this.
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#8
hrvoje
Linux is getting simpler to use. When I first tried Linux, (a couple years ago), playing mp3/wma was challenging. Now its a different story. So I think it will be more % for Linux in future.
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#9
Swansen
Linux is still below the 1% mark.
:(
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#10
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Microsoft got back into major advertising to finally counter the viral Apple ads. If things keep going the way they are with advertisements, I suspect Microsoft may recover some lost ground at the expense of Apple. I still don't expect Linux to move very much over the next year.
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#11
PCpraiser100
by: FordGT90Concept
Microsoft got back into major advertising to finally counter the viral Apple ads.
If so, I would like to see people buy Vista CDs just because of the panoramic image feature. I haven't seen any other commercieals except for that one.
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#12
Triprift
Errr its still a mile infront of everyone i really dont think panic going to be setting in remember they got Windows 7 coming and thats suppose to be the os that will woo xp villagers to abandon there city.
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#13
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
rofl they are complaining cause it fell under 90%? thats every 9 out of 10 people running windows its not like thats a small number
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#14
DonInKansas
by: Easy Rhino
microsofts stock has dropped like a rock over the past year.
Who's stock HASN'T dropped like a rock in the past year?:roll:
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#15
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: DonInKansas
Who's stock HASN'T dropped like a rock in the past year?:roll:
well do you count AMD's going up this past month?
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#16
eidairaman1
Instead of Fixing their Current OS they Continue to try and Skew the Flaws with Features and Lame ass Commercials named "Mojave Experiment", and then replace the Heap with a New OS that no one knows will Rock or bomb in a year.
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#17
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
by: PCpraiser100
If so, I would like to see people buy Vista CDs just because of the panoramic image feature. I haven't seen any other commercieals except for that one.
The "Mojave" commercials (countering all the bad Vista publicity) + the "all walks of life use Windows" ads are quite effective (directly countering Apple's PCs are for Excel ads) but it will take some time to show how effective. Those are really the only two fronts Apple is attacking successfully and Microsoft hasn't tried to counter it until a few months ago.

Time will tell if it works or not.
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#18
ShadowFold
by: cdawall
well do you count AMD's going up this past month?
They have been dropping. They were 3 something a few months ago now they are struggling to get 2.00$.. There was a point last month where they were at 1.58$ iirc.
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#19
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: eidairaman1
Instead of Fixing their Current OS they Continue to try and Skew the Flaws with Features and Lame ass Commercials named "Mojave Experiment", and then replace the Heap with a New OS that no one knows will Rock or bomb in a year.
I've just played about with the beta of windows 7 and it runs on vista drivers and I had 3dmark06 running on it without a problem.
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#20
mdm-adph
by: FordGT90Concept
The "Mojave" commercials (countering all the bad Vista publicity) + the "all walks of life use Windows" ads are quite effective (directly countering Apple's PCs are for Excel ads) but it will take some time to show how effective. Those are really the only two fronts Apple is attacking successfully and Microsoft hasn't tried to counter it until a few months ago.

Time will tell if it works or not.
While I don't agree with the premise of the Mojave commercials (I don't like the idea of someone tricking users into thinking they're using another OS when they're not -- I can put a WinXP skin on a copy of Ubuntu and show people some wiz-bang effects, but it doesn't mean they think Linux is great)...

...I have admit that when I heard an elderly relative mention them about two months ago, before the TV commercials even started, I knew that the ad campaign was being effective. :wtf:
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#21
EnergyFX
Personally I love the Mojave experiment. It shows just how ignorant people can be. They'll listen to their neighbor's pimple faced nephew when he says "gawd Vista teh sux... I hate Vista" and allow themselves to be convinced by it. The Mojave experiment exploited a handful of these types and when the commercials came out then thousands of people with a similar mentality quietly thought to themselves about how ignorant they probably are with regards to Vista.

I've watched no fewer than 5 of my co-workers be as apprehensive and skeptical one would expect until they watched me use Vista on my laptop... slowly one by one they started to come around and accept that Vista is pretty cool. A couple of them were absolutely floored that I could play games on the laptop with Vista. They would have sworn that Vista had to be eating up all the computer's resources making playing games impossible.
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#22
niko084
Good to see, this is not going to be the fall of Microsoft, but maybe a turn in some of the ways they do things.
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#23
EnergyFX
by: niko084
Good to see, this is not going to be the fall of Microsoft, but maybe a turn in some of the ways they do things.
Agreed... when a company has to actually fight for it's market share it makes them respect their clients a lot more. Perhaps some day M$ will actually need us more than we need them.
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#24
niko084
by: EnergyFX
Agreed... when a company has to actually fight for it's market share it makes them respect their clients a lot more. Perhaps some day M$ will actually need us more than we need them.
Only when corporations and their board of directors can only make money based off customer approval and only when making profit.

*Funny doesn't sound like a bad idea*
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#25
mdm-adph
by: EnergyFX
Personally I love the Mojave experiment. It shows just how ignorant people can be. They'll listen to their neighbor's pimple faced nephew when he says "gawd Vista teh sux... I hate Vista" and allow themselves to be convinced by it. The Mojave experiment exploited a handful of these types and when the commercials came out then thousands of people with a similar mentality quietly thought to themselves about how ignorant they probably are with regards to Vista.
I would've liked it a lot better had it been something like:

"Here, let me show you some cool things that Vista can actually do."

::shows some cool stuff on a responsive system that doesn't crash::

"Hey, that's actually pretty cool. Guess I was wrong about Vista.


Instead of:

"HURR HURR ISN'T THIS COMPUTER COOL IT'S THE NEW WINDOWS"

"OMGWTF WOW YOU'RE RIGHT THAT'S FAST"

"LOL THAT WAS ACTUALLY VISTA WE FOOLED YOU LOL!!!111"

"OMG UR SO AMAZING MICROSOFT THANK YOU"


Like how Microsoft did it. Once again, they had an opportunity, and blew it by trying to be pompous by insinuating that they "know better."
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