Mr. Gates is right that an awful lot of production and content creation oriented iPad users are frustrated with the iPad’s limitations and angularities—the lameness of its select/cut/paste/copy editing functions, the lack of a user accessible file system and multitasking worthy of the name (ie: with side-by-side page views), no partial screen screenshots, no standard USB port and so forth. However…
A new breed of Windows 8 tablets take the best of the iPad’s consumer-friendly elements and adds the enterprise features IT wants in their next generation, providing the best of both worlds for both end users and IT departments. If Apple wants to stay on top, they’ll need to make some long-needed changes.
NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for December 2012 show Windows’ overall market share gaining a quarter point, with OS X and Linux logging modest share losses on the month. Over in the mobile/tablet category, the iOS lost a point in December, despite the successful iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad releases, and iPhone 5 shipment volumes picking up.
NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for November 2012 show Windows’ overall market share dropping a fifth of a point despite the Windows 8 launch, with both OS X and Linux logging modest share gains on the month. Over in the Mobile/Tablet category, the iOS gained more than a point in November, presumably on the strength of the successful iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad releases, and iPhone 5 shipment volumes picking up.
While one in four Macs now runs OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, indications are that OS X Snow Leopard, which originally shipped in August, 2009, may be becoming the Mac platform’s equivalent of Microsoft’s Windows XP. Originally released in 2001, Windows XP sees some 40% of Windows users stubbornly refusing to upgrade to subsequent releases of Windows Vista, Windows 7, and now Windows 8.
NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for October 2012 show another basicly sideways month in terms of market share, with Windows dropping infinitesimally, the Mac stayng exactly the same as in September at 7.16%, and Linux edging up ever so slightly.
In his personal blog, Microsoft founding co-partner Paul Allen has posted a thoroughgoing analysis of Windows 8, which he says represents a significant evolutionary milestone in Windows development. However, he concedes he has encountered some “puzzling aspects of Windows 8,” and notes that the “bimodal user experience” can introduce confusion.
USA TODAY’s Kim Komando has posted a blog feature purporting to weigh the relative merits of Windows PCs vs. Macs. Thing is, Ms. Komando ends up awarding the PC platform a score of 3-1/2 to the Mac’s mediocre tally of 1-1/2. Seriously? The weighting she gives to up-front costs brings to mind Oscar Wilde’s observation about people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
NetMarketShare’s Operating System and Browser Market Share metrics for September 2012 show no major changes in desktop category share standings, but the iOS and Safari suffered significant setbacks in the past month.
Ross Miller of The Verge is at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, where he’s posted a hands-on video of the Samsung Ativ Tab. The tablet is running a release version of Windows RT, the version of the Microsoft OS that was built for tablets. And the results are…well…