I was monkeying around on StatCounter today, when I discovered Canada/USA uses more IE browsers than Cambodia, a random Asian country. I had thought all of Asia was infected by XP, but no, it’s the small cheap computers running */Linux and iOS that are doing in XP, and “7” for that matter.
Cambodia is an emerging market and that other OS is sinking into oblivion pretty rapidly. “8” is already swamped by Android/Linux, XP too, and “7” is sliding rapidly. There is just no way for Wintel to keep up with sales of small cheap computers. In January 2013, the entire share of page-views counting desktops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones was 64.4% Wintel. Now, it’s 51.7%. That’s a 20% per annum decline. The tax is too prohibitive. Bundling the OS with the hardware doesn’t hide anything when there’s competitive hardware and software in the market. The positive feedback that locked the world into Wintel is now pushing the world away from M$. A similar pattern is emerging in Malaysia, Indonesia, India, and many other regions although less dramatic. It’s all good.