Originally Posted by devastat
Well, it doesn't mean that windows is a "dying platform" or "last tuesday" any more than OS X, what it means is that it doesn't matter whether you are using a mac or a pc as you are using universal software that works on all platforms from an existing cloud.
..and all that iPad can ever replace is netbooks, and in that it has succeeded well.
It's happening all around you. You can feel it when you go to work, when you pay your taxes.
When you look across the spectrum of computing devices, desktop/laptop, tablet, smartphone, web servers, mainframes, and supercomputers, not only is Windows losing market share overall, as indicated by this chart combining PC and post-PC consumer operating systems capable of accessing the internet, it's losing market share in every single category without exception, which is why it's overall market share is declining so rapidly. No wonder Windows programmers are scrambling to learn Objective-C while those wise enough to choose a winning platform have a multi-year head start on them.
CHART OF THE DAY: Microsoft's Crumbling Empire
As you can see, Window's market share has declined from about 95% in 2000 to just 70% in 2010 and an estimated 50% in 2011 because of the explosion of smartphones dominated by iOS and Android. This chart doesn't even include the rapidly growing tablet segment where iOS has a market share of around 90%.
And if you think this chart looks bad, you should see what's happening over on the server side (the cloud) where Windows IIS has declined from about 40% in 2007 to less than 17% today while the open source Apache server is now at 65%, and in supercomputers where among the top 500 fastest supercomputers Windows has a market share of 1% while Linux is at 92% according to the TOP500 project.
In what segment is Windows not
This trend is heartening because we see that open source flavors of UNIX (Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, etc.) are beating proprietary profit-driven flavors of Windows across the board as well as in every category, especially the fastest growing post-PC categories of smartphones and tablets as well as in the server category (the cloud) that mobile post-PC devices access.