Over the last few days, I’ve seen stories like this one that claims that Windows MARKET share is down below 90% for the first time since 1995. Well, no, it isn’t. The stats that these stories are quoting is someone’s measurement of WEB SURFING. That does not necessarily mean anything. All it means is that, during the month this report is based, about a half a percent of people used something other than a browser in Windows. From what I understand, the numbers include mobile browsing as well. So, since Smartphone sales are up, thanks in large part to Apple’s iPhone, that probably better explains the ‘drop’ more than anything else. Also, Apple has sold more Macs and those bloody little mini-notebooks seem to be selling well. So, should Microsoft worry? Hell no. Now, if the ACTUAL sales of Windows and Windows PC’s should fall to, say, 75%, then maybe they should.
The more amusing aspect of this has come from some of Mac oriented blogs and websites. They seem giddy over the miniscule increase and at the thought that Windows losing any share. Well, that’s fine. I don’t care. It is a bit amusing, though.
It really would not surprise me to see both Windows and Mac based browsing to continue to slide. I use my Moto Q quite a bit for surfing on the go and now that I have a Kindle, I use it for web surfing at times as well. Neither device makes for an ideal surfing solution, but, when I’m not near a computer, they do just fine. There are also things like the Wii, which has a nice browser available and the Nintendo DS. Any number of hand held devices that are not smartphones. Web TV like devices are still being used by some folks. So, who needs Windows or Macs to browse the net?
Basically, these reports really mean little. They provide fodder for people like me and to those who desperately want something to be true, even if it is not. Wishful thinking is always fun, right?