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January 1st 2019 / still 4%

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12 hours ago, antiproton said:

Well, we all saw what happened with Windows 8. The start menu disappeared altogether.

To me, the Win 8 "Metro" UI reminded me way too much of the old Windows 3.1 Program Mangler, except updated with animations. I also didn't care too much for its "tiled" appearance - that reminded me of Windows 2!

M$ actually could have gone "back to the future" with an improved PM. Back in the day, Symantec did it with their Norton Desktop, giving Win 3.1 an almost Mac-like appearance. But in this day and age where everyone makes copyright and patent claims on the most trivial grounds imaginable* I suppose M$ didn't want the legal exposure. So they ended up with Metro. Yuck.

*AIUI Apple actually sued a company selling a Windows-like UI for PCs called Gem Desktop, because it had a "Trash Can" just like the Mac! Which is why Windows has a "Recycle Bin" instead - or at least, so I've heard.

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6 hours ago, Mathwiz said:

AIUI Apple actually sued a company selling a Windows-like UI for PCs called Gem Desktop, because it had a "Trash Can" just like the Mac! Which is why Windows has a "Recycle Bin" instead - or at least, so I've heard.

Apple actually sued Microsoft, claiming that Windows' look and feel was too similar to Mac OS. The case got dismissed on the grounds that they both copied the Xerox PARC graphical user interface. Apple also sued HP over their NewWave GUI and they lost all claims except that NewWave's trash can and folder icons were too similar to Mac OS. That case didn't have anything to do with Windows, but Microsoft probably took it as a warning to avoid using a trash can icon in Windows 95.

Apple's lawsuit against Digital Research over GEM never went to trial, because DR was fearful of a prolonged legal battle they couldn't afford, so they changed GEM to be much less Mac-like, except in the version used in Atari ST computers.

 

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Posted (edited)

Some interesting data out of Armenia. I wonder how this happened:

https://gs.statcounter.com/windows-version-market-share/desktop/armenia/#monthly-201708-201907

Probably subject to a high margin of error with anomalies like the ~7% bump for Vista and 8 earlier in the period, but the trend is clear; Windows 7 users are switching back.

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Posted (edited)

*checks that statcounter*

44.6%?! From 4% in December according to OP?!

As much as I find that hilarious, something's got to be off about those numbers ... What's their methodology for this data? Or their sample audience?

Oh! I see now, those are the numbers for Armenia.

I tried checking OP's source and compared it to this. XP's market share is 2.99% according to Netmarketshare. I assume that's global numbers ... It does, however, seem that there has been a dip in Windows 7 usage worldwide, assuming those numbers are global. Overall the market shift was in 10's favor, though.

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I suspect that a lot of Win 7 users are either upgrading to Win 10, switching to new Win 10 machines, or just abandoning Windows altogether. That's probably due to all the hype M$ is pushing as Win 7 EOS nears.

Win 7 users abandoning Windows would push up the percentages of all other Windows versions. That may explain the apparent rise in Win XP users. To confirm whether the apparent rise in XP use is real, you'd need to see the raw numbers, not just percentages.

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