Ed Bott wrote, “Microsoft still controls roughly 90% of the PC market worldwide and is still the standard for business computing”.
I can see where Ed Bott gets his information and it’s wrong on two counts:
- M$ is selling 50 million licences a quarter while the world is making and selling 90 million PCs, that’s 55%, not 90%, and
- many businesses are using GNU/Linux, MacOS, BlackBerry OS, iOS and Android/Linux for many purposes.
Ed knows better. He wrote, “Windows 7 has shipped a half-billion copies” since October 2009, 9 quarters, 55 million a quarter. IDC reports 80-90 million PCs per quarter produced. M$ is no longer getting a free ride, Ed. Get used to it. There are businesses that do give M$ a free ride but there are many governments, organizations and businesses that have seen the light and choose to avoid monopoly. Shopping around is the right way to do IT.
The most locked-in business I know is a bank. They are still using XP/IE6. I checked. All they have to do is to refresh the web application and M$ is out of there. The bank can count pennies.