Little By Little, The World Is Freeing Itself From M$

Measuring the world’s software Freedom by M$’s licensing revenue:

  • Consumers are 34% more free than the same quarter last year
  • Businesses are 7% more free than the same quarter last year although they saved M$’s bacon by buying other stuff… It’s a wash for them.

I’d guess this means the Android/Linux cash-cow has dried a little. Oh, and they wrote off Nokia…

See Quarterly Report 2015-June-30

According to StatCounter, in Q2 of 2015, M$ had 53.92% of page-views while in 2014 in the same quarter, M$ had 61.81%. How the mighty have fallen in mind-share… It’s all good news.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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17 Responses to Little By Little, The World Is Freeing Itself From M$

  1. Deaf Spy, denying reality wrote, “no proof for this whatsoever”.

    Surely we have seen USB, wireless and HDMI devices connected to smartphones. It’s all about networking. Valuable resources in one device get shared with others. For years, makers of smartphones have been showing them off driving huge displays. For years, Android/Linux has been able to use keyboard/mice attached. Where has he/she been?

  2. ram says:

    Deafspy obviously has not visited an urban office for a while 😉

  3. oiaohm says:

    Deaf Spy funny you are getting just as bad as antifanboy. How much research did you do before claiming no proof. I would say absolutely none.

    http://lifehacker.com/how-to-make-an-android-tablet-work-more-like-a-pc-1462061591

    There are many sites providing the instructions to Android users to use there tablets more like PCs.

  4. Deaf Spy says:

    A lot of folks hook ARMed smartphones/tablets to huge monitor/keyboards/mice to make a desktop.
    There is absolutely no proof for this whatsoever.

  5. oiaohm says:

    Robert Pogson do note the fact that most antifanboy said was arm was in fact x86. Simply antifanboy cannot get facts straight.

  6. antifanboy wrote, “These are ARM devices. Not Intel, not AMD. ARM.”

    “Desktop” has nothing to do with the architecture of CPUs. IBM has run a lot of desktops on IBM mainframes, for instance. A lot of folks hook ARMed smartphones/tablets to huge monitor/keyboards/mice to make a desktop. Think of function, rather than the legacy of Wintel. Once upon a time there were other microprocessors in play. Remember 6502, 68K, Sparc? All could run some kind of desktop. Because M$ blessed Intel’s choice does not make it the “one true choice”. ARM is certainly capable these days. My next Beast will almost certainly be ARMed. My one sticking point is more RAM than most ARMed systems. It’s happening even if I have to buy one of the server-products. They have plenty of CPU/RAM/bandwidth. The only downside I see is the bulk of those servers. I’d rather have a tiny box instead. Of course, Intel could do the job but at twice the price if not more.

  7. dougman says:

    Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 9.5 Percent in Second Quarter of 2015
    http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3090817

  8. ram says:

    Almost all the 4K “Smart” TV’s now being released by Chinese manufacturers use Intel processors with Android or some other flavor of Linux installed. These things are going to totally crush Microsoft. The gaming accessory guys are also releasing new products to go with these devices (some of which display UHD, HDR, 3D content). Expect to see them in the “Western World” for this years Christmas shopping season. Container ships are loading up with them and on their way 🙂

  9. oiaohm says:

    http://liliputing.com/2015/05/meegopad-t02-pc-stick-offers-android-or-windows-at-lower-price-than-intel-compute-stick.html
    The android sticks majority are arm but a minority are x86.

    Android-IA look it up Intel provides the required OS image of Android.

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/13/iconsole-tv-x86-android-game-console/
    Yep iconsole.tv is android and x86.

    If you look it up Remix OS is x86 or arm.

    If you look up the Remix Mini you will find its Android and x86 as well.

    –These are ARM devices. Not Intel, not AMD. ARM.–
    antifanboy so like not having your facts straight. Over half of what Neel is x86 and Android.

    The only thing there that is not x86 Andromium OS.

    No matter how much you want to dig head in sand x86 Android exists. The fact Android is being shipped on x86 causes problems for those attempting to say Android is not a desktop OS and is not a competitor to Windows. The reality is Android is a competitor on x86 against Windows just not a highly effective one yet.

    The issue with Android on x86 other than limited selection of applications compared to arm android is a intel issue.

    http://mesamatrix.net/ Android wants Opengl ES 3.1. Intel has not fully implemented Opengl ES 3.1.

    Android has caused Intel to put a serous team on driver development for Linux.

  10. antifanboy says:

    Android is no longer just for Phones and Tablets, regardless of Google’s Intentions.
    There are multiple projects promoting Android on the Desktop:
    1) Console OS / iConsole.tv
    2) Remix OS / Remix Mini
    3) Andromium OS
    4) various Android HDMI sticks

    These are ARM devices. Not Intel, not AMD. ARM.

  11. Neel says:

    @antifanboy
    Android is no longer just for Phones and Tablets, regardless of Google’s Intentions.
    There are multiple projects promoting Android on the Desktop:
    1) Console OS / iConsole.tv
    2) Remix OS / Remix Mini
    3) Andromium OS
    4) various Android HDMI sticks

  12. oiaohm says:

    antifanboy IBM compatible when it comes to hardware and phones is not always different.

    –Cellphones and IBM compatible(Wintel) PCs are in two separate categories. Get over it.–
    This is wrong they are overlapping categories. Windows Phone is using the same NT kernel design these days. Xbox, Windows PC, Windows Phones from Microsoft have OS kernel relationship these days.

    The question is how far will they end up overlapped.

    Even claiming UX separation is very hard. Android for example is designed for PC Interface or touch. Ubuntu phones have two interfaces one when docked and one when running as phone.

    antifanboy if 5 years ago I had told you today I could use autocad on a phone to edit/create a new dxf file you would have laugh at me. Today you can install autocad 360 mobile on a phone and do exactly that.

    The reality is the GPU and CPU inside modern day mobile phones is powerful enough to run most of the content creation applications. Worse the ones that don’t run you are normally better off running on a cluster than a PC.

    So now it comes down to interface. Wireless docking makes no interface difference.

    A lot of Microsoft pushing people have missed like Autocad 360 mobile that means content creation is no longer Desktop/laptop computer limited.

    The serous question is how far the categories are going to end up overlapped? The categories have already started feature overlapping not that it will not happen it is just how far can it go.

    If we get to total overlap where phones dock instead of desktop PC/laptops how well/poorly Microsoft does in the phone market could define their future completely in the business user interface market.

    Its about time antifanboy you get upto date with how the market has changed. Projected forwards if changes keep on happening the way they are in 15 years the Desktop PC as we know it will be dead. Servers most likely will keep the ATX and related form factors.

    If you keep on viewing the IBM compatible(Wintel) PCs as a separate category you will miss how the functionality of that category is being transfer to phones and tablets.

  13. CrayXMP says:

    antifanboy wrote, “Cellphones and IBM compatible(Wintel) PCs are in two separate categories.”

    Tell that to Satya Nadella because he seems to be having a hard time with its multi-screen strategy (PC, Mobile, TV, Tablet) !
    Perhaps, should he get over it as well ?

  14. antifanboy says:

    “It’s deceptive to suggest smartphones or tablets are not personal computers.”
    Cellphones and IBM compatible(Wintel) PCs are in two separate categories. Get over it.

  15. antifanboy wrote, “It’s still deceptive.”

    It’s deceptive to suggest smartphones or tablets are not personal computers.

  16. antifanboy says:

    Why are you still throwing phones and (ARM) tablets into the mix to make yourself look good? It’s still deceptive.

  17. oiaohm says:

    Too soon to tell there is always a dip before a new Windows release. It how it looks after the release.

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