AFTER A MINI FREAK OUT last month, the November numbers from Net Applications’ NetMarketshare are a little more like what we'd expect.
Windows 7 has seen a big drop after its mini recovery now, down to 47.17 percent of the market (-1.21) taking it back below its summer level, though barely. It is still proving to be an absolute behemoth for Microsoft to shift.
Windows 10 goes up by not quite the same amount to 23.72 (+1.13). This is impressive. We can't lie. It means that if sales of Windows products were good on Black Friday, we could see Windows 10 with a quarter of the market by the end of 2016.
No one could deny that would make it a success, though we have to add the caveat that Windows 10 encompasses more device form factors than previous versions of Windows, whereas we don’t have stats included here for Android tablets or Chromebooks, for example.
Or technically, we could add PS4 in as well as Windows 10 runs on Xbox. And Raspbian as it runs on IoT devices. You see what we’re getting at here? It’s a false positive and until we can access better broken down figures, it will continue.
Windows 8.x drops to under ten percent for the first time at 9.97 (-0.6), with a fairly even drop between Windows 8 and 8.1.
Windows XP makes a slight gain at 8.63 (+0.36). It’s worth remembering though that although you see it little day-to-day, it’s still being used by government departments, hospitals, police departments. Anyone you speak to about the fact moans about it profusely but say that compatibility and funding leaves little to be done.
In Apple-land, The number of users of the macOS 10.12 (Sierra) has almost doubled since last month, however, it doesn’t appear to be causing the usual rush of upgrades, despite being a free upgrade from 10.11 (El Capitain) and 10.10 (Yosemite).
But as it stands, Mac OS 12 stands at 2.21 (+0.84), with Mac OS X 11 down at 2.21 (-0.53) and Mac OS X 10 hardly moving at 1.35 (-0.01). Other Mac versions have stayed stagnant at 0.95 percent.
And the dregs…. Windows Vista (which, lest we forget has only a few more months to its end-of-life date) has held steady at 1.1 percent, while Linux sees a slight rise at 2.31 (+0.13).
Although this is the last report of the year, it won’t be until January that we can see the full year-on-year effect of Windows 10 on the marketplace, and whether it can break that magical 25 percent barrier. If it does that, even we would have to be quietly impressed.
Let’s see what happens in our December report on the first working day of 2017. µ
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