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  1. steven36

    Chrome swallows more share

    Its biggest monthly user-share gain in three years pushes Google’s browser ever closer to the 70% mark. Chrome again jumped in user share, adding the most in a single month since its 2016 heyday, when Google took advantage of a disastrous Microsoft decision to claim the top spot. According to web analytics company Net Applications, Chrome's July user share climbed by 2.3 percentage points to end the month at 68.6%, a record for Google's browser. The month's increase was the largest since August 2016, at the tail end of an eight-month tsunami that swept Microsoft from its decades-old perch. In five of the past seven months, Chrome has held more than two-thirds of global browser share, a statement to its grip on the market. The only extant browser that has accounted for such a large portion of the world's web activity? Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), which a decade ago was as dominant as Chrome is today. But Microsoft deliberately pulled the plug in the IE bathtub and within months watched its lead swirl down a drain. In mid-2014, the Redmond, Wash. company told Windows users that they would have to upgrade to the newest-available IE for the OS running their PCs. The order scratched a year of support from IE7, four years from IE8 and IE9, and seven years from IE10. (At the time, IE8 was the most popular version of the browser.) Only IE11 survived with support intact. But if Microsoft expected an uptake of IE11, it was sorely disappointed. After the mandate went into effect in January 2016 — when more than half of all those running a Microsoft browser were forced to switch — a stunning decline began. In the first eight months of 2016, Microsoft's global browser share plummeted 16 percentage points, representing a loss of about a third of its total. During the same stretch, Chrome gained 21.6 percentage points, sprinting from 32% to 54%. Computerworld has long maintained that when faced with an upgrade of one sort or another — IE8 to IE11 or IE to Chrome — millions upon millions picked the latter. In any case, IE never recovered, and Chrome has never looked back. Instead, Google's browser has angled to eat the world. According to its 12-month average user share change, Chrome will account for more than 70% of all browser share by the end of the year. By the end of 2020, that number will approach 75%. Firefox feels like it's slipping away Firefox shed user share again in July, making for the third consecutive month of losses. Mozilla's browser dropped half a percentage point, falling to 8.3%, a mark not far above its record low of 7.7%, which it recorded three years ago. Although Firefox has had several three-month periods where it lost user share, the 1.9-point total decline of the latest was the largest since a 2.3-point drop between November 2017 and January 2018. As Computerworld has pointed out before, Firefox has had a tough time the last two years. Every once in a while, the browser posts a positive number, but those gains are always erased. Over the last 15 months, for example, Firefox reached 10% or more just twice, most recently in April. But then May, June and July came and washed Firefox near the 8% bar. Firefox's prognosis remains dire. In the last six months, the browser gave up 1.9 percentage points of user share, a depressing amount for an application that has no fat to begin with. Computerworld's latest forecast puts Firefox under 8% by October and contends that the browser will flirt with a sub-7% share by July 4, 2020. Mozilla has banked on privacy as Firefox's edge over rivals. But it's also recently trumpeted enterprise manageability, likely hoping for some adoption in organizations apprehensive about Chrome's connection to Google, and the latter's reputation as a data collector and monitor of online behavior. Something had better work for Firefox, or it could easily become a boutique browser forever stuck in the low single digits. Good luck with that Edge thing Meanwhile, Microsoft's browsers — IE and Edge — were also down for July. The combined user share of IE+Edge slipped by one-tenth of a percentage point to 13.2%. Over the past several months, Microsoft's browsers have alternately climbed and fallen, often taking one step forward followed by two steps back. Over the past six months, for example, Microsoft has added seven-tenths of a point to its user share bank; but during the past 12 months, it was down 2.1 points. The July downturn was on Edge's shoulders: Microsoft's newest browser lost two-tenths of a point, slumping to 5.8%. Only a curious increase in IE by about three-fourths that amount kept Redmond's losses down. (At this point, how is IE collecting new users?) Amazingly, IE, with a user share of 7.4%, continued to tally more user activity than Edge. Edge — the current Edge — accounted for just 11.9% of all Windows-based browsing activity, a significant slip from the month prior, caused by Edge going down and Windows 10 going, well, up in spades. Neither of Microsoft's browsers are going to set any growth records. In fact, by the IE+Edge 12-month average, they'll continue to contract. At the end of 2019, the combined user share will have dropped to 12%; a year from now, they could account for just 11% of all share. Microsoft has its work cut out for it in reclaiming Edge from the morgue. Elsewhere in Net Applications' numbers, Apple's Safari grew by a tiny tad to 3.4% and Opera Software's eponymous browser slid a small bit to 1.4%. The only silver lining for either was Safari's share of all macOS-powered personal computers — 37.9% — ending up setting a three-month record. Net Applications calculates user share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers people use to reach the websites of Net Applications' clients. The firm tallies visitor sessions to quantify browser user activity. Source
  2. AMD Ryzen CPU Gain A Mammoth Market Share Versus Intel’s Core Lineup – Ryzen 3000 Outselling Intel 4 to 1, Ryzen 7 3700X Sales Eat Up Intel’s Entire Lineup The latest market share and revenue report for AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors are in from Mindfactory (via Ingebor) and it looks like the red team has got a major win on their hands. Based on the figures from Germany’s biggest retail outlet, the report shows that AMD while consistently topping Intel for an entire year has now surpassed them with an unimaginable and record share. AMD Ryzen CPU Share Highest In A Year, Ryzen 3000 CPUs Completely Demolish Intel’s Core Lineup, Ryzen 7 3700X Most Popular CPU Followed By Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 5 3600 It has been almost a month since the Ryzen 3000 series processors launched. The processors hit the market on 7th of July and so only 23 days have passed since their arrival on retail shelves yet Intel’s worst nightmare has come true. AMD not only crushed their rival with a market share of 79 percent but the recorded figure was also the highest in a year for the red team. Intel, on the other hand, managed the smallest market share in over a year at just 21%. Running down the sales figures in details, AMD’s recorded share of CPU sold at 79% was even bigger than the first generation Ryzen and second-generation Ryzen launch. Of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs sold, the Ryzen 7 3700X was the most popular and the chip alone sold almost as much as Intel’s entire Core lineup. The Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 2600 followed up and the reason was due to the incredible value that the 6 core chips offer plus the amazing discounts on the Ryzen 5 2600, putting the chip under the $150 US range. The Ryzen 9 3900X sold higher quantities than Intel’s flagship Core i9-9900K since it offers more cores and multi-tasking performance than the 9th Gen Intel offering. The Ryzen 7 3800X was the least popular Ryzen 3000 series part but that’s to be expected since you’re getting almost the same amount of performance on the 8 core Ryzen 7 3700X for a much better price point. When it comes to revenue from the sales, AMD managed to grab the most share at 75% while Intel had a 25% share in July. The most revenue came from Ryzen 7 3700X because it also sold the most quantities while Ryzen 9 3900X came out second. While the Ryzen 9 3900X didn’t sell as much as the Ryzen 7 3700X, it does cost a higher $499 US price tag which reported for higher revenue. The AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs are also facing minor shortages in select regions due to their immense popularity, however, the average sales price of AMD CPUs has seen an increase of a whopping 50% during the launch month which is impressive. Lastly, we can see the share split between Intel’s and AMD’s lineup. 50% of the AMD CPUs sold were Mattise or Ryzen 3000 series based, 32% were Pinnacle Ridge-based, 5% were Summit Ridge-based while the remaining 3% were Threadripper HEDT CPUs and APUs. Intel’s share included 70 percent Coffee Lake Refresh or 9th Gen CPUs, 27% Coffee Lake or 8th Gen CPUs, and the rest of the 3% were Skylake-X and Kaby Lake 7th Gen CPUs. In the end, all I want to say is that this news is absolutely fantastic for AMD and it shows that more consumers are replacing Intel CPUs with newer Ryzen processors that offer better features and a lot more multitasking performance while delivering single-core performance on par with the rival Intel chips. AMD has completely demolished Intel and with the Ryzen 3000 victory, Intel is more or less ‘Outside’ of the leaders camp. Source
  3. Win-Win Future generations won't understand this slide WITH LESS THAN six months until Windows 7 officially becomes an ex-operating-system, there's encouraging news for Microsoft from this months market share figures from Netmarketshare. After a fairly stagnant few months, Windows 10 has seen a significant uptake in users, tantalisingly close to having half the market at 48.86 (3.07). Perhaps more importantly for Microsoft, Windows 7, which started the year with over 40 per cent market share, has taken a big tumble to 31.83 (-3.55). The company will be hoping that the drop is coming from corporate customers finally getting the message that it's time to update. Netmarketshare calculates these statistics based on all machines that connect to the internet during a given period. Other versions of Windows have seen a less severe change. Windows 8.x has actually bounced slightly at 5.92 (0.72) with the vast majority on Windows 8.1. The original Windows 8 is now End of Life and has just 0.63 per cent of the desktop market. Windows XP continues to be Microsoft's unflushable turd, with 1.68 (-0.13). If you're new to all this, Vista's market share fell out of the top 10 some time ago. Apple desktops have seen a slight drop this month. The four most recent versions of macOS add up to 8.39 per cent (-0.02), with the vast majority on macOS 10.14 with 5.38 (0.07). As ever though, we remind you that with margins this tiny, we could well see it bounce back next month. Linux stands alone, with a slight rise to 1.66 per cent (0.11). Our calculations analyse the top ten operating systems, based on laptop/desktop use. If we remove that filter and look at all devices, including games consoles, maker boards and mobile devices, we see a very different story. The top five by version are Windows 10 (21.12), Windows 7 (13.76) iOS 12.3 (12.58) and Android 8.1 (8.18). Accounting for fragmentation, Android is still the top dog operating system, but with a narrowing gap (39.11) followed by Windows (38.24), iOS (17.36), Mac OS (3.88), Linux (0.93) and sneaking up at the rear, Chrome OS has 0.17 per cent market share. This month's figures also show a reassuring rise in security, with 85.37 per cent of data received from encrypted connections. Source
  4. Windows 10 Barely Moves the Needle on Global Market Share Data shows Windows 10 records minor share increase New data provided by NetMarketShare shows that while Windows 10 continues to be the leading choice for desktop computers across the world, it barely moved the needle on global market share numbers last month. Windows 10 increased its share from 45.73% to 45.79%, despite the arrival of the May 2019 Update. Microsoft started the rollout of Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or version 1903, in late May. Last month, the company made it available for all seekers on Windows Update, meaning all users are allowed to download the update with a manual check for updates. Windows 7, whose support comes to an end in January 2020, dropped from 35.44% to 35.38%. The 2009 Windows operating system will go dark on January 14, 2020, so Microsoft now recommends users to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to continue to receive updates. The transition from Windows 10 to Windows 7, however, happens at a rather slow pace, so right now, more than 3 in 10 PCs out there still run Windows 7. Windows XP going dark Windows 8.1, which is the third Windows version that still receives support, actually increased its share from 3.97% to 4.51%. At the same time, macOS 10.14 declined from 5.34% to 5.31%. The good news is that Windows XP, the operating system that no longer receives updates since April 2014, is going down at a faster pace and has now reached 1.81% share. Windows XP is mostly used on devices in various organizations and enterprises across the world because of compatibility reasons and the high costs of upgrades to newer Windows. Linux, which has long been considered the main alternative to Windows, is now running on 1.55% of the desktop computers out there, according to the same source. Below is a summary of the June 2019 market share figures: Windows 10 Windows 7 macOS 10.14 Windows 8.1 May 2019 45.73% 35.44% 5.34% 3.97% June 2019 45.79% ↗ 36.38% ↘ 5.31% ↘ 4.51% ↗ Source: Windows 10 Barely Moves the Needle on Global Market Share (Softpedia - Bogdan Popa)
  5. Data reveals that Linux increased 0.84 percent last month Despite Microsoft’s Windows 10 push, the desktop operating system has actually recorded the biggest drop in a long time last month, while rival Linux managed to post the most substantial market share increase in the last 12 months. NetMarketShare reveals that in August 2017, Microsoft’s Windows declined to 90.70 percent market share, down from 91.45 percent the month before. The 0.75 percent drop is the biggest Windows had recorded since April 2016 when its market share collapsed from 90.45 percent to 88.77 percent (-1.68 percent). This performance is particularly surprising because it comes at a time when Microsoft completes the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update and, at the same time, it’s also finalizing development of another version of its operating system scheduled to go live on October 17. Linux adoption on the rise, macOS still declining What’s a bit more worrying is that Linux, which has long been considered a rival to Windows, has experienced the biggest growth in the last 12 months in August. Linux improved its share from 2.53 percent to 3.37 percent last month. Linux appears to be the preferred choice for users who are stepping away from Windows, as Apple’s macOS declined in August from 6.02 percent to 5.94 percent. The growth experienced by Linux, however, was impressive, as in just four months, the open-source platform has managed to jump from less than 2 percent to 3.37 percent. Back in May this year, Linux was running on just 1.99 percent of the world’s desktop systems. The only good news for Microsoft is that Windows hasn’t dropped below the 90 percent market share, so it’s still powering more than 9 in 10 PCs out there. The last time when Windows declined to less than 90 percent share was in July 2016 when it was running on 89.79 percent of the PCs worldwide, growing to 90.52 percent the next month. Source
  6. Batu69

    Windows XP: Not dead yet!

    Some businesses have legitimate reasons to keep using Microsoft's obsolete operating system. But for most, the reasons that companies hold on to Windows XP boil down to not wanting to spend the money to upgrade. That's not a good long-term plan. For better or worse, Microsoft’s Windows XP is still in use. Indeed, recently you may have been startled to read that the United Kingdom’s newest aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth, runs Windows XP. That particular story wasn’t true, as it turns out, but some of the warship’s construction contractors did use the old operating system. You likely were willing to accept the QE story because so many businesses are still running Windows XP. Some hold on to the out-of-date OS from pure laziness and cheapness, but others have genuine reasons for sticking with it. It’s been three years since April 8, 2014, the end of mainstream Windows XP support. But that hasn’t stopped these companies from relying on the software. Windows XP lives We all know that the OS is still in use, if for no other reason than discovering a family tech-support emergency in which we are asked to fix a relative’s old computer. However, the exact number of systems that still run Windows XP is a bit hard to pin down; the percentages vary depending on the reports you read. As of June 2017, Windows XP still has an amazing 7 percent market share, according to U.S.-based analytics vendor Net Applications. This percentage is derived from “data from the browsers of site visitors to our exclusive on-demand network of HitsLink Analytics and SharePost clients,” Net Applications explains, based on its worldwide network of over 40,000 websites. Irish analytics company StatCounter doesn’t have Windows XP usage quite that high, but at 5 percent market share, Windows XP shows amazing life. Windows XP remains particularly strong in the People’s Republic of China, where it’s the second most popular desktop operating system (after Windows 7) with 20 percent using the OS. Of these, approximately 90 percent are pirated copies, according to StatCounter. StatCounter’s numbers come from its web analytics service; the company’s tracking code is installed on over 2.5 million sites globally, where it records billions of page views. In the United States, Windows XP’s use as a desktop OS has been declining. According to the Federal Digital Analytics Program's (DAP) analytics page, in the past three months Windows XP was used by only 0.6 percent of users. That’s far less than Net Applications and Statcounter’s global numbers. That may reflect the nature of the sites from which DAP collects web traffic: more than 300 executive branch government domains across 3,800 websites. Most, 81 percent, of site visitors are U.S. citizens. Even in the U.S., those numbers may disguise the presence of Windows XP systems in business. According to a study, 2017 OS Adoption Trends, conducted by Spiceworks, a Windows help desk company and network of IT professionals, 52 percent of businesses are running at least one Windows XP instance, and the OS is still installed on 14 percent of business computers. How many computers is that altogether? Some rough calculations put the number over 100 million Windows XP users. Not all of those computers have an Internet connection, but we know that quite a few do. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and other reasons Why are there still so many users? One major reason that Windows XP lives on is that it was so popular. The OS had a supported life of almost 13 years—far longer than any other desktop operating system. “It was one of the first Microsoft operating systems people latched onto,” says Peter Tsai, a Spiceworks senior technology analyst. Even on the eve of its end-of-support death in March 2014, Tsai says, Windows XP still ran “on approximately 30 percent of the more than 1.6 billion PCs in the world.” Do the math: that’s 500 million computers. In addition, he says, “The five-year gap between Windows XP and its unpopular successor, Windows Vista, resulted in an uncommonly large installed base.” Another reason for Windows XP’s sturdy tenure is the lack of a direct migration path to Windows 10. Windows XP users who are motivated to upgrade must first move to Windows 7, then upgrade to Windows 10. For practical purposes, that means it makes more sense to trash the old hardware and buy PCs with pre-installed Windows 10. If your company has the money, that is. But that was years ago. Why are people still using it on desktops? Several IT people confided in me, usually privately. (Who wants to advertise his company’s vulnerabilities, after all? Many are simply embarrassed.) A system administrator from a midsize industrial company told me, “Management just doesn’t want to pay to replace our systems. It’s that simple.” He’s not alone. Another sysadmin, who works for a real estate company, says, “If it’s not broke, they don’t want to fix it.” According to the Spiceworks study, the reasons IT professionals stick with the current OS are no immediate need, lack of time, and budget constraints. Another reason businesses hold onto Windows XP is custom software. A sysadmin at a different real estate firm confides, “We have a property inventory program we use in-house, and no one has a clue what’s inside it. There’s just no money to hire someone to rewrite it.” A building engineer reports that his company relies on software that runs on Windows XP to keep the building’s HVAC systems running, as well as lighting management and other controls. His employer has no interest in updating the operating system; they don’t see any problem. The software may not be custom; it might be an old third-party application. A jeweler who uses a vertical design program explains, “The last good version only runs on Windows XP.” In some cases, it’s possible (or necessary) to run a Windows XP application in a virtual machine. For example, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP with Windows Server Update Services. As one annoyed user expressed on a Spiceworks discussion thread, “I had to install an XP VM on my home network last year to run an XP-specific mapping program.” A related reason is computer-controlled hardware. Many industrial, medical, and scientific hardware used desktop Windows XP as a poor man’s embedded controller. Their users view the computer as a tool and give little attention to the underlying OS. Why spend money upgrading? This works fine For these companies, upgrading the entire system for a new operating system simply costs too much money. As a light-manufacturing company CIO told me, “This equipment cost us hundreds of thousands, and we use it every day. It just isn’t cost-effective to replace it, especially since these systems don’t connect with the Internet.” Even when the equipment doesn’t cost a mint, some hardware is just too old to be supported by newer operating systems. For example, a really old but special-purpose printer has drivers on Windows XP, but as one sysadmin reports, “Windows 7 and up are not supported for the spooler manager and job queue client.” And “Windows XP also runs our older-than-dirt handheld bar-code scanner terminal app.” You’re not asking management to replace a desktop computer; you’re asking them to buy a whole new piece of business equipment. That may be even more of an expense when vertical hardware and software intersect. One ophthalmology practice uses a small LAN of connected Windows XP clients, reports another admin. “We’re still on Windows XP due to the specialist apps that connect to the various eye scanning devices.” IT pros know this is asking for trouble. In the Spiceworks survey of more than 450 IT professionals, 68 percent were concerned about the end of security patches and bug fixes. But IT concerns don’t always translate into corporate priorities. Embedded XP: The hidden Windows That’s especially true when it comes to hardware that uses Windows XP Embedded. Numerous computer numerical control (CNC) controllers from companies such as Siemens, Mitsubishi, and ProtoTraks still run this specialized version of the operating system. The controllers generally are expensive ($50,000 to $150,000) and are installed on even more expensive hardware, which often starts at half a million dollars. No one wants to mess with machinery that costs so much and that works perfectly well. Besides, as a manufacturing professional, Garegin Khachiyan explains, “With just over 15 years of experience in the manufacturing field, neither I nor anyone I personally know ever experienced any security issue with CNC controllers that ran on Windows.” Windows XP Embedded also lives on in bank automated teller machines (ATMs). “A majority of ATMs still use that OS," says security expert Bruce Schneier. "And once Microsoft stops issuing security updates to Windows XP, those machines will become increasingly vulnerable. Although I have to ask the question: How many of those ATMs have been keeping up with their patches so far?” That’s a good question. “Newer ATMs can be patch-managed remotely," says security writer Kimberly Crawley in a recent Hackernoon blog. "But older ATMs, including a large percentage of the machines still in use in the U.S., can only be patched manually. That means a bank’s IT professionals have to visit the machines, branch by branch, one by one, to apply Microsoft’s Windows XP for Embedded Systems’ security patches. The IT professionals who have the specialized knowledge necessary to manually patch ATMs are expensive.” However, apparently they are not as expensive as replacing them. So Windows XP Embedded-powered ATMs will keep dispensing cash in banks around the country. Supporting and securing Windows XP Microsoft appears to still be renewing Windows XP “Custom Support” contracts, though the company doesn’t publicly describe the terms. In response to all questions about Windows XP Custom Support contracts, a Microsoft spokesperson said, the company was “unable to accommodate your request at this time.” He added, “As always, we recommend customers stay current with the latest updates to Windows. The best protection is to be on a modern, up-to-date system that incorporates the latest innovations including the latest security features and advancements.” A Custom Support contract is not intended to last forever. Generally speaking, these contracts require customers to submit a migration plan to a supported edition of a product, along with goals and dates, and Microsoft must approve the plan. Contract milestones are expressed as percentages of the covered systems. If a company doesn’t meet the migration milestones, Microsoft can refuse to renew the deal or cut off support. A Custom Support contract is not intended to last forever. That said, some contracts are still in place. The United States Navy purchased Windows XP support until 2017, which also included Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 support. According to the contracting announcement, “Across the United States Navy, approximately 100,000 workstations currently use these applications.” In 2016, the Australian government reported it had paid $3.4 million for 15 months’ worth of Windows XP support to cover agencies to July 2017. Other government agencies probably wish they had made the investment. In 2015, a hospital system in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) revealed it was still running 1,260 Windows XP systems (with no extended support). In 2016, NHS hospitals were still running the OS. Then, in 2017, the hammer of WannaCry ransomware came down, which knocked out multiple NHS facilities. WannaCry used Windows XP’s insecure version of Windows’ Server Message Block (SMB) networking protocol to spread in local-area networks. It needed only a single vulnerable PC to attack multiple systems. Microsoft considered the problem serious enough that, for the first time ever, it released a security patch for an out of support program. Clearly, the number of Windows XP systems justified such a radical step. What does it take to migrate? The moral of the story? Yes, there may be financial reasons and inertia that keep businesses using Windows XP, but in the long run they’re not convincing. WannaCry was not a one-time event. There will be more attacks. The OS is both too popular and too easy to attack for hackers to ignore. If your business continues to use the OS, at the very least, ensure that your systems have no ties to the Internet. It’s like leaving the door to your home not only unlocked but wide open. Windows XP Embedded, which tends to be used in stand-alone systems, is practically speaking safer, but it’s still vulnerable. Whether the recent ransomware attacks are enough of a motivation for the “if it works don’t fix it” decision-makers to make a change is yet to be determined. I hope so. The time has come to kiss Windows XP good-bye and upgrade your systems. Article source
  7. It now has 28 percent market share A report from PassMark says that AMD increased its market share from 18 percent last quarter to 24 percent. This is AMD’s largest single quarter share gain in history and it is all thanks to Ryzen. The graph shows AMD and Intel market share which is based on thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily. The chart only includes x86 processors and does not include other chip architectures these manufacturers may sell. In Q1 2017 Intel’s market share according to the Passmark graph shows 81.90 percent total while AMD has 18 percent. A snapshot taken on July 2 however, shows the Intel share drop to 76 percent while AMD rose to 24 percent. Passmarks does not really talk about shares and no doubt the Intel squad will make a big thing about this. However it is an indication that AMD is making inroads into Intel's bottom line. In AMD's favour the figures only take into account chips installed in PCs so do not account for anything in a console. As the PerformanceTest software only runs on Windows OS and counts on user submitting their benchmarks. This chart may be non reflective of the non Windows user base. View: Original Article
  8. Microsoft's Own Figures Show Windows 10 Losing Market Share, While Windows 7 Is On The Rise According to NetMarketShare, Windows 10's usage share growth has stalled recently. It lost some share in February, and made only very minor gains in March. The analyst firm’s numbers seem to suggest that Windows 10 has run out of steam. But that’s usage numbers -- people using Windows regularly on a monthly basis -- which isn’t quite the same as market share. If you want to know just how well Windows 10 is doing in that respect, Microsoft’s Windows Trends page has the figures you want, and they’re currently showing the new OS losing share to Windows 7. Microsoft last updated the Trends page two months ago to reflect the state of play of the OS install base as of November 2016. When I reported the update I said the numbers were fake because Microsoft had its new OS growing at the rate of one percent a month, from July to November, while Windows 7 declined at exactly the same rate. It just seemed all way too neat, and unlikely, especially compared to the trend we've been seeing with NetMarketShare's figures. At the end of the last update, Microsoft had Windows 10 on 46 percent of the market, and Windows 7 on 39 percent. Now Microsoft has updated its Trends page once more, so it covers up to February 2017 and the numbers are very interesting. According to the software giant, Windows 10 grew by two percentage points in December, putting it on 48 percent. At the same time, Windows 7 fell one percentage point, to 38 percent. But then in January, Windows 10’s market share suddenly drops one percentage point to 47 percent, and Windows 7 rises by the same amount. The figures remain the same in February. (For those that are interested, Windows 8.1 had 12 percent share in December, January, and February, and Windows 8 had 2 percent in those three months.) Those are the global numbers. According to Microsoft, in the US, Windows 10 was on 57 percent in November, and December, but lost two percentage points in January to put it on 55 percent, where it remains in February. Windows 7 was on 33 percent in November and December, and rose to 34 percent in January/February. In the UK, Windows 10 had 59 percent of the market in November, and 61 percent in December, a 2 percentage point increase. But it then lost one percentage point in January (60 percent), and another percentage point in February. Windows 7 was on 29 percent in November, went down to 28 percent in December, then rose back to 29 percent in January, and up another point to 30 percent in February. I remain to be convinced by the install base numbers Microsoft is claiming, but if they are even close to being accurate, then it’s interesting to see Windows 10 losing share while Windows 7 recoups some of its losses. Post your thoughts on these new numbers in the comments below. Source
  9. Microsoft Shows Windows 10 Market Share Growing Steadily, But The Numbers Are Fake Microsoft’s own Windows 10 share numbers have always seemed a little, well, generous. While NetMarketShare’s OS usage share figures show the new operating system doing fine, but lagging some distance behind Windows 7 (as you'd expect), Microsoft’s figures paint an entirely different picture. Five months ago, the software giant showed Windows 10 hitting 50 percent in the US, and two months ago, it had the new OS overtaking Windows 7 globally. Today’s update though stretches the believability just a little too far. Unlike NetMarketShare which updates its usage share numbers monthly, Microsoft's Windows Trends page is updated every 2-3 months. So while in a couple of days’ time NetMarketShare will report the numbers for January, Microsoft is only just now posting figures for November. That means that when Microsoft showed Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7, this apparently happened in August last year. Most other analysts don’t see that seismic shift happening globally until December 2017, at the earliest. There are other differences in what NetMarketShare and Microsoft report too. NetMarketShare gathers usage data -- the number of people using the OS -- while Microsoft records the number of devices the OS is installed on, including (presumably) unsold devices. NetMarketShare shows all flavors of Windows, from XP up, as well as other operating systems, while Microsoft only records Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. According to the latest figures from Microsoft, in November 2016 Windows 10 had 46 percent of the global Windows market. In the same time, Windows 7 declined to 39 percent (in contrast, in that month NetMarketShare had Windows 10 on 23.72 percent and Windows 7 on 47.17 percent). Microsoft's update shows steady, and I guess fairly believable, growth for the new OS. The last time the figures were updated, Windows 10 had 43 percent share in August, and Windows 7 had 42 percent. So why do I say the numbers are fake? Well, the growth of Windows 10 and the decline of Windows 7 is just way too neat to be real. According to the Windows Trends figures, Microsoft grew by exactly one percentage point a month, every month from July to November (42 percent, 43 percent, 44 percent, 45 percent, 46 percent). At the same time, Windows 7 declined by exactly the same amount. And if that doesn’t sound unlikely enough, Windows 8.1’s share went up one percentage point in August (to 13 percent) and hasn’t changed since. Windows 8’s share (2 percent) hasn’t wavered either. And that's ridiculous. Windows 8.x is an OS in decline. It’s possible the new numbers are just placeholders, and Microsoft has dropped them in while awaiting the real figures (although why it would do that I have no idea). But if that's not the case, then I call BS. Microsoft’s Windows share numbers have been raising eyebrows for a while, but this latest lot smacks of just being made up. I’ve asked Microsoft for comment, and will update the story when I hear back. Source
  10. No Kidding: Windows XP Has Just as Many Users as Windows 10 in China StatCounter shows Windows XP is shockingly popular in China China is one particular market where Windows XP continues to be one of the most popular desktop operating systems, despite the obvious security risks that increase every new day without patches. Statistics provided by third-party research firm StatCounter provide us with a worrying look at how widely-adopted Windows XP continues to be in China, even though users are strongly recommended to switch to a newer OS version, such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, all of which are still supported. And what’s even worse is that despite the fact that Windows 10 was available free of charge for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, and Microsoft was so aggressive in moving users to its latest OS, Windows XP continues to be super-popular. And StatCounter claims that XP has almost as many users as Windows 10. Windows 7 still number one Specifically, Windows 7 is leading the pack (no surprise here) with 49.36 percent share, followed by the Windows 10 - Windows XP duo with 18.52 percent and 18.36 percent, respectively. Windows 8.1 is so far behind that it’s almost not even worth mentioning in these stats, as it’s powering only 3.35 percent of the desktop computers in the country. MacOS is very close with 3.16 percent, while Windows 8 is installed on only 1.02 percent of the PCs in China. It goes without saying that convincing users to migrate to the latest version of Windows is more difficult in China than anywhere else, and with Windows 7 still powering nearly 1 in 2 PCs in the country, there’s no doubt that in 2020 the software giant will once experience a Windows XP moment. There are voices who claim that old Windows remains particularly popular in China because of pirated versions, but at this point, it’s as easy to find a pirated copy of Windows 10 as it is for Windows XP. In other words, piracy can hardly be considered a reason for sticking with Windows XP, but rather outdated hardware that doesn’t meet the requirements of Windows 10. Source
  11. Windows 7 (Not Windows 10) Wins 2016 Stats show Windows 7 dominated the past year And while Microsoft itself also admitted that it was wrong to become so pushy on Windows 10 upgrades, statistics show that despite all of these, it’s still Windows 7 the desktop operating system that was number one last year. NetMarketShare data for 2016 shows that Windows 7 clearly dominated the year despite Microsoft’s push for Windows 10, despite the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and despite the so many new devices launched with Windows 10. Windows 7 clearly survived the Windows 10 offensive and according to this data, it achieved a market share in 2016 of no less than 49.10 percent, which means that it was running on 1 in 2 PCs across the world. Windows 7 has long powered 50 percent of the world’s PCs, but everyone expected it to collapse following the release of Windows 10. Small impact following free Windows 10 upgrades Windows 7’s performance throughout the year was full of ups and downs, but the lowest market share it dropped to was 47.01 percent in July, so it didn’t actually collapse as so many people projected to happen. The biggest market share was in February when it was at 52.34 percent. Without a doubt, Windows 10 did have an impact on Windows 7’s market share, but its effects were pretty limited. Windows 10 benefitted from the huge adoption boost generated by the free upgrade, but as this promo ended, Windows 7 also started recovering. For example, in July 2016 when Microsoft ended the free upgrade campaign for Windows 10, Windows 7 was running on 47.01 percent of desktop computers across the world, but next month it started increasing by achieving 47.25 percent. The biggest market share post-free Windows 10 upgrades was recorded in October - 48.38 percent. Support for Windows 7 comes to an end in January 2020, and it goes without saying that Microsoft will have a super-difficult job to convince users to upgrade. The next few OS upgrades, such as the Creators Update and the Redstone 3, will be essential for Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy, as they have the impossible mission of moving users from Windows 7 to the latest OS. Source
  12. Windows XP Is Growing Bigger Again (No, Seriously) Stats show Windows XP increased its share in December For some users out there, Windows XP seems to be just like a bottle of fine wine: the older it is, the better is gets, and people somehow still find a good reason to install it. Living proof is the latest batch of statistics provided by NetMarketShare for the month of December 2016, which shows that Windows XP actually recovered last month and is again running on more than 9 percent of the world’s desktop computers. Specifically, Windows XP continues to be the world’s third most popular desktop OS, but what’s more worrying is that it’s actually increasing its market share, so instead of giving up on it, some people actually decide to deploy this OS on their computers. Ups and downs (but mostly ups) Windows XP no longer receives support since April 2014, which means that Microsoft is no longer patching vulnerabilities that it finds in the operating system. Instead, users who are still running Windows XP become vulnerable to attacks, as cybercriminals can always attempt to exploit vulnerabilities that they discover in the OS and which are left unfixed. For what it’s worth, Windows XP has been on a declining trend ever since Microsoft pulled support, but there were months when it actually recovered for reasons we can’t actually understand. For example, Windows XP dropped from 10.09 percent in May 2016 to 9.78 percent the next month, before growing to 10.34 percent once again in July. Declines were recorded until November when it recorded a growth from 8.27 percent the month before to 8.63 percent. And this growth continued in December to reach 9.07 percent. This means that in just two months, an operating system that no longer receives updates since 2014 increased from 8.27 percent to 9.07 percent, in a time when Microsoft is pushing for everyone to adopt Windows 10. It goes without saying that everyone on Windows XP should consider updating to newer Windows as soon as possible because the security risks are obvious. And yet, we’re pretty sure that Windows XP will continue to be around for a while. Source
  13. Windows 7 Now Growing Faster than Windows 10 Windows 7 once again heading back to 50 percent market share NetMarketShare data for the month of December 2016 shows that Windows 7 not only that remains the leading operating system for PCs, but it’s also increasing its market share. And what’s worse for Microsoft is that it grows at a faster pace than Windows 10. Last month, Windows7 remained the leading desktop operating system with a market share of 48.34 percent, followed by Windows 10 with 24.36 percent. Windows XP was third with 9.07 percent, while Windows 8.1 was next with 6.90 percent. Specifically, Windows 10 improved its share from 23.72 percent in November to 24.36 percent in December, which means that it posted a growth of 0.64 percent. Windows 7, on the other hand, recorded an increase of 1.17 percent from 47.17 percent to 48.34 percent. Slower upgrade pace The results are particularly worrying for Microsoft especially because these stats were collected in December, a month when new device activations typically increase during Christmas. If Microsoft wants to see the glass half full, then Windows 10 clearly keeps growing, although it’s very obvious that it does it at a slower pace than before. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 and it experienced a huge boost in adoption trends from the very beginning thanks to the free upgrade offer aimed at Windows 7 and 8.1 users, but also due to what many described as a too aggressive upgrade campaign. Now that Windows 10 is no longer offered free of charge, the pace at which users upgrade to the new OS has clearly slowed down, but the worst news for Microsoft comes from the Windows 7 front. At this point, Windows 7 should become Microsoft’s main concern, as the operating system will reach end of support in 2020 and there’s a good chance that millions of users will still be running it at that point. Source
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