In just a month Windows 10 has captured more than five percent market share.
According to the latest figures from Net Applications, Windows 10 has already been installed on over 75 million PCs. Vole wants a billion devices running Windows 10 “in two to three years,” though that includes not just PCs, but smartphones, consoles and IoT devices.
Windows 10 had 0.39 percent market share in July, and gained 4.82 percent age points to hit 5.21 percent in August.
Windows 8 slipped 0.21 percent age points to 2.56 percent, while Windows 8.1 fell 1.71 points to 11.39 percent. Together, they owned 13.95 percent of the market at the end of August, down from 15.86 percent at the end of July. Windows 8 and 8.1 never gained more than 20 percent market share mark (they peaked at 16.45 per cent in May), and with Windows 10 now available, they never will.
There’s lots of percents in this story.
Windows 7 passed the 60 percent market share mark in June but in in August dropped 3.08 points to 57.67 percent.
Windows 7 will remain the most popular OS for at least this year. Windows 7 overtook Windows XP in September 2012.
Windows Vista meanwhile slipped 0.02 points to 1.82 percent. Windows XP somehow managed to gain 0.40 points to 12.14 percent. The free upgrade to Windows 10 doesn’t apply to Vista or XP.
Windows gained a bit of share in August, up 0.18 points to 90.84 percent. Mac OS X and Linux in turn suffered minor losses, losing 0.13 points to 7.53 percent and 0.05 points to 1.63 percent , respectively.
managed to sell 453.4 million smartphones in 2014 – and total global shipments of the devices amounted to 1.167 billion units.
That’s a growth rate of 25.9 percent, according to market intelligence company Trendforce.
Samsung continued to be the global leader in smartphone market share in 2014, although its growth rate fell, eroded by the Chinese manufacturers at the lower and mid end of the market, and at the high end of the market by Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple managed to grow by 24.5 percent in 2014, shipping a total of 191.3 million units.
Combined, Apple and Samsung shipped 518 million units.
Apple’s success is attributed to the large size smartphone, the iPhone 6 Plus.
LG was the “dark horse”, making progress with its flagship smartphone the G3.
A report said
that Google lost US search share in December while Yahoo gained share for the first time in a long time.
The report, from Statcounter, said that in December Google managed to grab 75.2 percent of US searches, with Microsoft’s Bing coming in second at 12.5 percent and Yahoo third with 10.4 percent.
Google had been the default search engine for people using the popular Firefox browser until last month, when Firefox instead struck a deal with Yahoo.
Firefox is not the most popular browser and held 12 percent of internet usage in December 2014.
Statcounter compiles its figures by surveying 15 billion page views a month to ver three million sites. It does not record figures for Western Europe.
There’s been a battle in the enterprise between thin clients and commercial PC for market share and it looks like the thin clients have won.
According to IDC, thin clients competed directly with commercial PCs for market share and in 2014 the former did better than the latter.
Thin clients in the EMEA market are still a small market but growth exceeded market average and they will continue to grow in 2015.
Oleg Sidorkin, a senior research analyst at IDC said: “Rapid deployment of thin client technology generates a leveraging effect, accelerating further adoption.” The top four countries for shipments are Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and France – together they will represent 65.1 percent of the entire EMEA market by the end of the year.
These large markets will continue to grow. “Once vendors gain a foothold in these markets, they can grow quickly as these markets continue to increase their EMEA share,” he said.
Apple and Samsung are going to have to fight hard to keep their place as leaders of the tablet pack.
Because, according to market intelligence firm ABI Research, other vendors including Asus, Lenovo and Amazon are fighting hard for third place and creeping up on the leaders.
These emerging vendors are set to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8 percent between 2014 and 2019. Lenovo, for example will ship 21 million tablets by 2019.
Samsung saw a 35 percent decline in growth between Q1 2014 and the second quarter, while Apple saw a 19 percent decline.
In the first quarter, Apple and Samsung had a hefty 72 percent of the marketplace but their combined market share dropped to 66 percent and that’s the way things are headed.
In fact, ABI Research thinks that advanced and mature markets are experiencing a stall in growth, partly because tablets don’t need replacing every few years like notebook PCs.
230 million smart connected devices – a term including smartphones, PCs and tablets – shipped in 2013 in Europe.
That’s according to a report from IDC today, which said that although growth was slightly down compared to 2012, the market continues to be one of the fastest growing IT sectors.
Tablets, particularly, will drive the sector during this year – shipments in Europe are likely to grow by 17.6 percent. 45 million units sold in Western Europe in 2013 – that’s a growth of 51.4 percent oer the previous year. IDC thinks tablets will continue to show strong growth over the next three years.
The news is far gloomier for PCs – the market for consumer devices fell by 2.4 percent in Q4 2013. Enterprise sales, hwever, grew by 3.5 percent.
Smartphones are the undoubted king of the connected castle though. IDC said that they hogged 55 percent of the the sector, with 38 million units shipping in Q4 2013.
Here is the breakdown of the market leaders in the sector, according to IDC.
Hopes that the mobile PC market would show some spunk in the fourth quarter of 2013 were dashed by insipid sales.
According to market research company IHS, although the quarter showed the strongest global sequential growth in four years, the results were still disappointing.
Shipments of mobile PCs worldwide amounted to 52.6 million units and that’s a rise of 9.4 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013. But the industry, said IHS, wanted to sell 55.3 million units in the quarter. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, sales showed a five percent decline – the sixth year on year decline.
So what’s the problem? According to Craig Stice, director of computers at IHS, Bay Trail and other platforms were expected to bring cheaperPs to the world. But the vendors wanted to keep stock levels lean and entry level PCs failed to show high volume.
IHS counts its mobile PC sector as including laptops and PC tablets but as the world+dog knows, people think smartphones and non PC tablets are more appealing.
The industry is hoping against hope that when Windows XP shuffles off its mortal coil, people will buy more PC kit.