Computer industry points to ponder…

The dominant operating system today:

On Web servers Linux
On supercomputers Linux
On mobile devices Linux (If you didn’t know: Android is Linux)
On embedded systems Linux
On point-of-sale systems Linux
On industrial equipment Linux
On servers Windows
On desktops/laptops Windows

Notes:
-In ALL segments where Linux has become the dominant OS, Linux dominance continues to grow.

-For some time now, the majority of people have identified their primary computing device as a mobile device, and that percentage only grows. Home desktops and laptops go unused/idle more today than ever before.

-Desktop application sales have fallen dramatically in parallel with the mass migration from desktop Windows to mobile Android(Linux). Remember when there were profitable stores that just sold PC software? Know of any today? Sure there were other factors, but the move to mobile devices alone would have killed them off.

-Laptop sales surpassed desktop sales several years ago, and Windows market share is already lower on laptops and falling in that market segment.

-Most desktop PCs are now sold to corporate customers. -IF- a private consumer buys a computer, it’s almost always a laptop. The one exception being people who need a high-power gaming system.

-The desktop/laptop market is considered by many to be migrating into a legacy status as mobile device capabilities and usage continues to grow. Desktops/laptops may soon become commonplace only in the corporate environment and outside of the office as common as phone booths. With the current Microsoft paradigm of incremental OS upgrades/updates, it’s expected that a large percentage of PC owners have purchased their last PC. Gone are the days when people would buy a whole new PC for the new version of Windows. They may just keep the one they have until it dies, and only notice that it died when they move everything off the desk and wipe the dust off the system, then shrug and say “well, I never used it anyway.”

-Thin clients in corporate environments continue to gobble up desktop market share. This doesn’t hurt Microsoft, but it does hurt PC manufacturers as the lifespan of a PC used for thin client is double the lifespan of a PC used for local apps. However, it is an eventual threat to Microsoft, since using the PC only as a system to reach a thin client removes the need for the PC to use Windows.

-Windows will continue to be dominant on servers for quite a while, but servers are only a tiny fraction of overall Windows installations.

BTW, are you one of the dozen or so people anywhere who have purchased a Windows phone? Windows phone has a fraction of 1% of the mobile device market, and is NOT gaining any market share. Wow, good choice on that phone. Developers working in that market can’t be expected to stick around for long.

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