If you’re looking at market share of Desktop Operating Systems, you will find that Microsoft Windows owns the desktop market. Of course. I am not surprised. I say mission accomplished and great job! Keep going. Here are few links to resources on the subject
- Steve Ballmer (2007) – http://www.microsoft.com/msft/speech/FY07/BallmerFAM2007.mspx
- Linux.com – http://www.linux.com/archive/articles/25221?tid=19
- Market Share – http://marketshare.hitslink.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=8&sample=35
- Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Operating_system_usage_share.svg
Sorry, I don’t have the IDS and Gartner survey for you 🙂 In anyway, nothing to hide there. You can find that on your own.
Today, I simply wanted to write about this a bit and share my thoughts on the subject. Here are some of my reasons of why Windows is very successful in reaching the masses
- Generally speaking, the Windows OS is very user friendly. It’s easy to use for the average person. I remember one day an instructor at my college said, if you can’t get to what you need in 3 or more ways, you’re doing something wrong. He’s right. No wonder there are more people in the world running Windows than any other OS
- Compatibility is in everything Microsoft does. If an application is not compatible with a version of the OS, Microsoft ensures that there is a way and method to run it. Others may not even bother to be compatible and choose to load small code base versus worrying about compatibility
- Integration and the holistic approach to software. If you know what an MMC is and how you can add Snap Ins, you pretty much can manage a load of applications from one place. There are wizards to install applications for you. There are management studios and consoles. There is a boat load of SDKs, Videos, Sample Projects, Communities, and Forums. It’s a lot easier to find a Microsoft Developer than any other type of developer out there. It’s easy to learn the platform and easy to build applications on top of it
I can go on and on, but I think the above reasons are compelling enough to kick start any conversation on the subject. Thanks again for stopping by and have a good one.