Windows Market Share Slides below 90% for First Time in 19 Years

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Despite the rising share prices and revenues, the star product of Microsoft’s business – The Windows OS for PCs — is not faring well.

According to NetMarketShare and StatCounter, the sales figures for March of 2014 indicate clearly that the market share of Windows has dipped below 90%.

This is the first time this happened since 1995, when Microsoft launched its star product and the starter of the Windows revolution, the Windows 95.

Possibly, the biggest surprise comes from the fact that the corroding market share is not due to the onslaught of ever-cheapening ChromeBooks, but rather due to Apple’s Mac OS.

According to both of these research firms, Apple’s operating system achieved a record market share of 8 percent, up from just 3.75 percent in 2008.

The market share of Linux (if you care) also stands at 1.75 percent now.

While this is of no real worry to Microsoft right now, the current trend and reception that the OS’ latest version has received is indicative of tougher times to come.

It would be up to the new CEO Satya Nadella to put things back on track, just as they’ve been.

  • Windows 8 is partly to blame for this downfall. Microsoft really should’ve not forced Metro on the desktop users. I have no issues with Metro running where it truly belongs, i.e, on touch & mobile devices. It really serves absolutely no purpose or benefit whatsoever to the desktop users.

    Just give us Windows 8 without the metro interface & a revamped desktop with emphasis on usability and productivity. Then see the share sky-rocket again.

  • They already lost their market share of server-side and now they are even not on the second number there for the last 10 years or so (if i remember correctly). Good to see that people started thinking of the open world now !!!

  • Linux is only going to grow from here. A lotta good things happening right now. Including a lot of major games/engines/tools/drivers etc.

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