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Bad news for Microsoft as the 'unthinkable' is about to happen

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#1 JohnC_21


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:10 AM

After years of total domination Windows 10 could soon be overtaken as the world's biggest operating system for accessing the web.

New research from StatCounter has revealed that Google's Android OS is catching Windows in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.

The independent web analytics company said that in February this year Android came within striking distance of taking the top spot from Microsoft.

In fact, whilst Windows remained the most popular OS last month, with a 38.6% share of the market, Android was just over one per cent behind with 37.4%.

“The idea of Android almost matching Windows would have been unthinkable five years ago,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.  



As I predicted, eventually the average user will be using a phone instead of a desktop or laptop and as we all know Windows on the phone is a non-starter when speaking of market share. 



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:47 AM

Well, smartphones are cheaper than a PC, they fit in your pocket, and the OS is open-sourced. It was bound to happen.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 09:20 AM

And 10-15 years from now Android is probably going to be obsolete once again and the cycle continues...

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 02:25 PM

If you say it like that, "then and now" becomes "now." However, Windows will still be useful to a specific audience, and many of that same audience will adopt similar OSes. Many of the techies here on the board use multiple OSes. I used to dual-boot Vista and 7, 7 and Ubuntu, Mint and Puppy, Android and 7, and so on.


It would be more interesting to see the statistics if the division was more of: "Who has devices only with one specific OS?" Those surveyed could only have one OS, which one is it? Market share is diverse of OSes these days.


It could be said option A + option B; option A + option C; option B + option C -- or option A alone; option B alone; option C alone. In terms of overall market share, the analysis would be biased. Such analyses are faulty then. I believe just as Microsoft Edge is being used some of the time, Chrome and Firefox most of the time; Windows some of the time, Android and iOS most of the time. However, the most interesting part about it would definitely be if tablet/phone users only - no laptops/desktops, to which measuring what OS they have would be top notch impressive charting.

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 06:11 PM

.....Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.


Your prediction is spot on John !



(Seeing android is indeed an operating system based on Linux....one would be forgiven for suggesting it be included within the Linux /Unix area....here st BC, with its own  area....it has rapidly become close (38.6% vs 37.4%) to THE alternative Operating System..)


We are no longer talking about mobile phones......


Android Wikipedia  


Now lets see msft make 'overtures' to the android community....

Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

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