Win8 cracks 10% barrier, IE #1 browser

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January 6, 2014 at 08:06:47
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Looks like the masses are still resisting the move to Win8. And as much as everyone likes to knock IE, it's still the world's #1 browser by a long shot. For anyone who's interested, here's the latest market shares:

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January 6, 2014 at 08:27:01
And the Press, even the technical one (!), is heralding the incoming Apocalypse when the last XP software update will be released by Microsoft on April 8, 2014.

As one of my teachers said "the more you know, the less you pay".

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January 6, 2014 at 09:21:24
If the only new car at every car dealership you were allowed to buy was brand X model Y, how long would it be before that car held the major market share?

Now, you could go to a used car lot and buy anything available, but new parts for repairs won't be available because the manufacture wants you to "upgrade" to their new model instead of supporting their old model.

That's how the M$ monopoly dictatorship works.

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January 6, 2014 at 13:48:17
A better analogy would be if Ford showed up at your place and swapped out the starter for free. After a decade of this, they say it's time to get a newer model if you want new parts. No one is forcing anyone to upgrade, outside of some bored tech press looking for a story.

Microsoft also doesn't run a monopoly. OS/x exists if you're rich enough, and Linux exists if you hate yourself enough.

EDIT: Here's a better article talking about how Win7 grew 2.62% in the time it took Win8 to grow 0.86%. And that's funny.

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January 6, 2014 at 15:25:34
Hmmm,,, looks like Win 7 is going to be the new XP!

(Love this line from Razor ....and Linux exists if you hate yourself enough.)

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January 7, 2014 at 01:12:00
Yeah, that's funny!

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January 7, 2014 at 05:08:14
I have to agree with Razor on this. You really can't expect MS to support any OS forever without charging for that service. That doesn't happen anywhere else in the business world. Especially when most of the hardware base is probably OEM computers with SLP versions of Windows that MS sold for next to nothing.

You want to bitch about lack of support then look at HP. They not only do not write/update drivers for their printers for very long, they actually PULL existing drivers off their website after they feel it is time for you to buy a new printer.

Back when Vista was released the biggest issue was driver support. Microsoft told hardware vendors they expected them to supply drivers to support their hardware. That didn't happen. So Microsoft made sure there was much more driver support for legacy hardware with Windows 7. In many cases basic drivers were shipped on the original DVD. Don't you think the hardware vendor should be supporting their hardware for more than 3 years?

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January 7, 2014 at 21:18:25
The problem as I see it is not lack of new support--it's removing already existing support. Web pages and download sites all of a sudden are gone. It's kind of like when a computing help site removes helpful threads because they're too old. Hmmm. . .

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