Wither Windows

Wither Windows

A remarkable revolution has been occurring as the influence of smart phones increases.

At the beginning of 2009 Microsoft Windows virtually monopolised access to the internet with their Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.

However, since 2009, each successive wave of Microsoft Windows released into the marketplace has failed to recapture the glory days of Windows XP.

The decline of Microsoft Windows [and the rise of Android] on the internet is particularly noticeable in Asia and Africa.

Windows Asia

Windows Africa

Statcounter.com http://gs.statcounter.com/

Europe and North America are not far behind.

Windows Europe

Windows North America

Statcounter.com http://gs.statcounter.com/

Overall, it appears consumers prefer to buy utility devices [such as mobile phones, tablets and WiFi gismos] and then pay monthly subscription fees for internet access and internet content [such as movies and television].

Unfortunately, for Microsoft, there is only a limited subset of consumers who are willing to pay an additional monthly subscription fee for Microsoft Office [aka Office 365]; let alone a monthly subscription fee for Microsoft Windows.

Think about getting in the right lane because missing the exit might be expensive.

choose-your-lane

See: https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/microsoft-windows-jumping-the-shark/

Microsoft is becoming increasingly desperate to lure consumers onto Windows 10 whilst consumers are increasingly saying: ”don’t do it”.

During a broadcast on Wednesday morning, Meteorologist Matinka Slater of KCCI 8 News did manage to act much calmer, however, when a Windows 10 pop-up-shaped ‘hurricane’ appeared to be advancing on the state of Iowa.

Slater quickly got rid of the pesky popup and tried to continue with her forecast, but Windows 10 doesn’t give up easy though with the remainder of the images on screen stalling.

“It’s that Windows 10… don’t do it,” Slate jokes.

RT.com – 28 Apr 2016
https://www.rt.com/viral/341275-windows-10-popup-weather-forecast/

This suggests the enterprise market is going to be paying a lot more to Microsoft in the coming months [and years] unless they [also] start saying: ”don’t do it”.

It also suggests consumers are slowly being trained to limit their comprehension skills to simple 140-character slogans and messages.

Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

Facebook has a number of features with which users may interact.

They include the Wall, a space on every user’s profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see; Pokes, which allows users to send a virtual “poke” to each other (a notification then tells a user that they have been poked); Photos, that allows users to upload albums and photos; and Status, which allows users to inform their friends of their whereabouts and actions.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

Such is the advance of technology.

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4 Responses to Wither Windows

  1. rishrac says:

    Windows 10 was/is a step backwards. All the stuff that I was accustomed to using doesn’t work. I thought maybe because I have a 64 bit dual core processor, nope, just as bad on a 32 bit. ( brand new) I also call Microsoft , sit and spin. Every time it updates, and often.
    The surface pro sits on the shelf now and forget about the Lenovo laptop, I use an older laptop that hasn’t been upgraded, typing this on a Samsung galaxy .
    We keep several computers offline.

  2. CW says:

    I like Windows 7, and don’t trust Microsoft to come up with a better alternative. No W10 for now.

  3. Microsoft and the laptop makers could do better: Microsoft needs to restructure the menus back to the XP arrangement, add all the bells and whistles for no extra charge, and improve keyboard-friendliness. They also need to build better, more complete theme support into the UI. Many, many of us really, really hate that new, flat look. The laptop makers need to add backlighting to every keyboard, restore full-size navigation keys (instead of those tiny, micro-sd-card-sized cursor keys), lose the flat-topped keys (sculpted was always better), and start adding built-in cell-network support, GPS, and all the other cell-phone goodies. It would also be nice if they could find a way to recess at least a couple of those USB ports so our mouse and headset adaptors don’t stick out. And has no laptop manufacturer yet figured out why we buy laptops? BATTERIES! Either make them big enough to run all day (as in 16 hours), or make it possible to swap them out without restarting the machine.
    By the way, Linux has also provided an excellent lesson in what’s really wrong here: We settle for the lousy UIs on our fablets and phondleslabs. That dosn’t mean the UI is the draw. The draw is the form-factor, and battery life. Don’t try to force the same touch-screen madness onto our desktops. When Ubuntu and Gnome each started down that same Win8/Metro road, Mate and Cinnamon were born in response, and are rising stars.
    WE DON’T WANT TO TOUCH OUR SCREENS! (And all the UI compromises that accompany that sort of thing only get in the way of real work.) (And most of us aren’t Tom Cruise in Minority Report; We have real work to do, not flipping charts and pictures about, looking busy.)

  4. tom0mason says:

    Up until last year I was still using an IBM Thinkpad600x, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_ThinkPad_600) OK I was using Linux on it but that is my point.
    While everyone I know has struggled with the expense and hassle of moving onto evermore powerful machines and Windows, for no effective gain in usability or productivity, I trundled on with a 14 year old machine.
    Office — yes, Libre Office (MS Office compatible).
    Web — Yes, Firefox, Opera, Seamoney, etc, etc,
    Music/video — Yes, Audacity, VLC player, etc.
    Games — hundred available costing nothing.
    Plus programming options, graphics programs, email etc, etc.
    Menus structure personalized simply by the built in tools to the way I wanted it (like Xp).

    My amusement was to show people this old box with 8 tabs open on the Web browser, while in the background an open a document or pfd-file, all while playing the music I like, and the wallpaper changing every 10 minutes.

    As all this cost effectively $0, what is the real cost?
    Time. My time reading-up about Linux. Time downloading and installing. Time sorting all the silly initial problem I caused because of my Microsoft mindset. And that’s all.
    OK, I did donate money to the people that ran the Linux distribution but compared to MS costs and wasted time, it is minimal and I’d say worth a try.
    If you do try it remember rule number 1, Linux is not Windows!

    My preferred version of Linux was PCLinuxOS. It auto-updates as and when it needs too, or when I decide to do it, all without rebooting.
    Unfortunately that box finally died, so now I’m back to an old (8 years or so) IBM T60 ($55 refurbished with a 300G hardrive) and 32bit Linux running everything I need securely.
    By the way most Linuxes run well on the older machines, as all the driver/hardware issues have been resolved.

    Good luck with expensive Windows.

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