Windows lost nearly a full percentage point of market share for the second month in a row in December, pushing Microsoft Corp.'s operating system to a new low, an Internet measurement company reported yesterday.
i'm sure the popularity of the iPod is helping this. it made Apple a household name.
Windows lost nearly a full percentage point of market share i lol'd
and it took them lots and lots of, "Hello I am a PC.." and windows bashing to get that 1%... let's see what they are going to do when Windows 7 comes out.
I love my Mac. But i need my PC.
why do people buy macs anyway? EDIT: lol. NO you forgot to mention: Overpriced hardware, Overpriced software. etc
Easy, reliable, great Operating System. Looks sleek too.
because some people like more style instead of substance
People Like me Buy a Mac for Logic Pro. As a console or PC is for Gaming, for me a Mac Is For Music.
MAC has pretty positive image these days, their new operating system seems really great and has plenty of neat functions that even i have installed for my Linux Ubuntu ( Launch bar + 4 x workspaces = epic win). Mac OS X seems like really innovative os, with loads of cool built in features. It probably tells a lot that most of Vistas features where actually taken from os x, (don't believe me? http://www.youtube.com/watc... ). Probably not so good choice for gamer but for those who want their jobs done its seems like a great option. I am a bit more of a Linux supporter myself, Mac seems(note: seems) rather "closed" operating system (fact that has its pros and cons) I like to feel that I have complete control over my workspace and applications. Gotta check Mac out someday, as a student the amount we can spend cash is rather limited. However I am very happy to see that MAC is doing well and brining some heat to Microsoft. More competition is never a bad thing.
lol I wonder if they figure out the priated Windows versions in these stats lol
like a computer that works. not a piece of garbage operating system that totally annihilates system memory from a company that thinks eighty percent of the people in the world are idiots and will buy their software. Oh wait, eighty percent of people are apparently...joking. Don't cry people. Just my opinion and we all know that opinions are like buttholes: everybody has one and they all stink.
"piece of garbage operating system that totally annihilates system memory" isn't an opinion, it's a fact and an incorrect one at that. There's absolutely no point in me telling you that you're wrong and trying to explain why you're wrong (Google Vista Prefetching if anyone wants to know), you've made up your mind about the OS for reasons other than technical ones (i.e. blatant fanboyism or simple anti-MS hate), you just choose to throw around the technical (and incorrect) "facts" to hide this.
One thing to consider is that the Vast majority of Mac owners tend to Run Windows on the machine as well (via bootcamp or whatever), so while more people are buying Macs, most of those people are still buying Windows as well. Since Microsoft isn't loosing any money from Hardware sales, they'll be quite happy to let people run OSX all they like since they're likely to still install Windows Alongside it. Everybody wins. Well, everybody except the honest Consumer who has to buy 2 OS's, but whatever. And yes, I'm aware many people pirate the OS, but those kind of people would pirate it no matter if they owned a Mac or not.
@ Kushan. This report has nothing to do with people that own macs that have windows installed, its about the OS being Used. That throws your point down the Gurgler. And Yes, Many people that I know have bought Macs because they can run windows, like XP (the version they already own), You know, something they are familiar with. But most never do boot into windows, Unless for gaming. My point ? I dont know anyone that bought Vista for their mac, but have used there existing XP install.
How does that "throw my point down the Gurgler"? If you buy Windows, it doesn't matter if you use it every day or once in a blue moon, you've paid for the license so Microsoft still has your money, thus they're not loosing anything. That's all I'm saying.
You realize many of those people run bootcamp to play games more so than incompatible programs? Most of what someone demands from a workspace enviornment can be found on a Mac, over windows. Want MS Office? go Bootcamp. Want a better browsing experience? Use firefox on OSX. Personally, I'm on Sh!tsta and it sucks. if I run any games, the sound goes off around 2 minutes or so. Any game. Left 4 Dead, Silent Hill 2 or 3, WoW, Half-Life 2, anything. I have nothing but woes with Vista. It is a memory hog but that is not my complaint... the complaint is the lack of working drivers for my needs and hardware configuration. I hope someone calls me out too, so I can start posting logs. I basically can't game on my PC until I uninstall this POS and change to XP or tediously troubleshoot, as if I just built the damned thing..
I never once said why people run Windows on Bootcamp, I just said that most people do it. And that's the sum total of my point - most Mac Users also install Windows. Doesn't matter if or why they use it, if they install it at all, then Microsoft has made a sale (legitimate users, of course, as I said before the pirates don't really count since most people who'd pirate Windows on OSX would pirate it on a normal PC as well). Windows isn't sold on a pay-per-use basis, it's sold as a license. As for your "Sh!tsta" woes, you do realise that Driver issues (including a LACK of drivers) are solely the responsibility of your hardware Manufacturer? It's not up to Microsoft to provide you with drivers for every single obscure piece of Hardware you own, it's up to your hardware's manufacturer and if they don't support Vista, it's their fault. But I bet you probably didn't know that Vista (32bit) is actually compatible with XP based drivers, did you? Go ahead, if you can't find Vista Drivers, try the XP based ones. You might lose some features, but for a lot of hardware, it still works.
'"piece of garbage operating system that totally annihilates system memory' isn't an opinion, it's a fact and an incorrect one at that". Wow Kushan, that makes absolutely no sense at all. So are you saying that the "piece of garbage operating system" part is fact or what? Cause I agree with that. However, it is still just an opinion and if you notice I asked people not to cry about my opinion because we all know that not everybody feels the same way about everything. Please don't say the word "fanboy." It makes me want to vomit. What are you twelve years old. Can somebody not have an opinion without someone crying "fanboy, fanboy!" You want facts? Okay macs are far more stable than pc's with windows. Go look at the facts. Another fact? Window's pcs are more popular. Does that make them better? I don't know, you decide. IT"S YOUR OPINION!! But don't jump down my throat. edit: and where in the world do you get that I used "technical" terms in my other post? Believe you me I do not spew out nerd jargin unlike some people. I go by one simple technique for finding how well an operating system works. It's quite an intricate and complex process, but I will explain it to you: I USE IT!!! And if it works well for what I need it to do I like it, and if not I don't...
To Reiterate. Firstly , this article explains OSX usage on the net. so either way you look at it, windows installed or not. OSX is gaining ground. And Secondly, Most people I know that have moved to mac have not bought a new copy of windows, and just installed the XP version they already own. That is not another sale for MS.
Actually, one reason why people opt for Mac platform is because it works great with editing. Video or Audio. You get great out of the box experience with Mac platform that is ready as is and encounter very little problems with the unified Mac hardware. With PC, the experience has to be downloaded and bought separately... drivers, apps that have to be shipped to you or again, downloaded. I am thinking of getting a macbook pro for (strictly)music/audio editing myself. 1% of OS penetration is nothing to laugh at, either. That is why Bladestar comes and responds to this. His beloved MS is taking hits from all sides of their businesses. I knew it would happen too. It's them putting their hands in too many pots. Only a matter of time before the burning begins, if it has not already.
Even 1% isnt a joke as its thousands of users, meaning thousands more new singers for the MAC song that might turn even more users to MAC users. The fact alone that Linux has only 1% or less of the OS market share tells how big jump this is. And there are a lot linux out there, maybe not compared to how many windows users, but plenty for thousands of fan sites and multiple distributions. lets say 100,000,000 use windows,now if MAC gets 1% it means 1,000,000 more mac users. after this ppl should check out that MAC only had 7,5% 2008 February and now they have 9,6%? 10,6%? dunno but imo its looking pretty good for MAC atm http://marketshare.hitslink...
I know how windows is sold. I used to be an assistant "computer technician" and helped build OEM computers. From what I understand my employer used to purchase licenses in bulk. I am pissed because THEY MAKE THE WORLD MOST RELIED-ON OS and have a responsibility as both a business and dare I say.. at this point the developers of "world governing software" as I like to call it... there just is no excuse for rushing this out. I used to beta test Vista and lost interest soon after, I mean the user interface is clean and whatnot, but if it haven't been for Vista fvcking me over with my installation process, during my PC's infancy, I wouldn't know how much the OS actually borrows from it's most direct competitior, Apple. You can stick up for the piece of code all you want, but the fact of the matter is, this software was rushed and is not fit to "govern the world" as XP has been doing a great job, if anything, they should have kept going through service packs till Windows7(would be a different name if Vista was skipped) This is my opinion. Maybe I have had horrible luck with Vista, but playing games on it is just that. Also, don't try to justify why I am a dumbass for purchasing this over XP. That could be contributed to not having a PC to work with and being out of the loop. In anycase, I had 32 bit Vista too, but it does not use all of my 4 gigs of ram like 64 bit does. http://forums.cnet.com/5208... I am not one of the people "smashing on Vista"(lol HHG) for ignorant reasons. Hell, I can go over this with anyone that is bored enough to. :-) Edit: Also, I have topped out all 4 gigs of my ram, doing heavy multi-tasking, putting multicore processors and ram to the test. Makes me wish I had liquid Nitrogen. :p
7.5 - kushan '"piece of garbage operating system that totally annihilates system memory' isn't an opinion, it's a fact and an incorrect one at that". Wow Kushan, that makes absolutely no sense at all. So are you saying that the "piece of garbage operating system" part is fact or what? Cause I agree with that. However, it is still just an opinion and if you notice I asked people not to cry about my opinion because we all know that not everybody feels the same way about everything. Please don't say the word "fanboy." It makes me want to vomit. What are you twelve years old. Can somebody not have an opinion without someone crying "fanboy, fanboy!" You want facts? Okay macs are far more stable than pc's with windows. Go look at the facts. Another fact? Window's pcs are more popular. Does that make them better? I don't know, you decide. IT"S YOUR OPINION!! But don't jump down my throat. edit: and where in the world do you get that I used "technical" terms in my other post? Believe you me I do not spew out nerd jargin unlike some people. I go by one simple technique for finding how well an operating system works. It's quite an intricate and complex process, but I will explain it to you: I USE IT!!! And if it works well for what I need it to do I like it, and if not I don't. Loved XP, but Vista is just.....ROTTEN.
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