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Windows 8.1: On The Rise?
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SteffenB396
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4/19/2015 | 4:28:56 PM
Re: What other choice is there?
it's not 91% market share for windows, but 91% browser use with all versions of windows connected with the internet.

that means not market share. Market share is the sum of all sold products of one company (e.g. within one year) compared with the sold products of the whole market. 

So it is clear, that the number is much bigger for windows if you sum all computers sold since 2001 (Windows XP) - in times Apple sold less Macs than today.

I am sure if you would compare the figures of, e.g. 2013 or 2014, than it is a different story. 

 
moarsauce123
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11/5/2014 | 7:11:03 AM
Re: On the rise or a tablet blip?
It all depends on hardware support especially for peripherals. One of the biggest problems with Win8 is that it does not support mildly older hardware that was released before Win8 came out. I have plenty of current and fully functional gear that won't work under Win8 because Microsoft again decided to change the driver model for no apparent reason.

What might make Win10 a winner is a virtual driver module that allows for using XP/Win7 drivers as is. That would keep a lot of fully functioning accessories out of landfills.
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ANON1248140374778,
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11/5/2014 | 12:05:30 AM
Windows 8.1 forced upgrades
likely the forced upgrades (yaknow, the upgrade they did after asking you 'would you like to upgrade' and you answer no, so they do it anyhow) are likely the reason for this jump. Sadly, 8.1 has several nasty bugs, the flipping between desktop and tile being the best (the machine is unusable). Fortunatley, if you call Microsoft or, say, HP, no one will help you. Best yet, there are six KNOWN causes for this bug listed...plus, 8.1 isn't compatible with say sql server 2013....which will cause all kinds of problems since it upgrades you without checking.
moonwatcher
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11/4/2014 | 3:06:17 PM
Re: What other choice is there?
Be sure to try out some of the other free "Office" suites such as LibreOffice, OpenOffice, and others offering a good 90% of what you get with Microsoft Office, and reasonable compatibility.
moonwatcher
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11/4/2014 | 3:03:05 PM
Re: 91%
I read your post to mean the devices you SEE in movies, not the devices you use to watch them...In that it is pretty simple....Apple pays lots of $$$ for product placement and also due to their still relatively good "cool factor", many directors or producers want to feature them in their movies instead of the lowly Windows based machines that the great unwashed (meaning real people) use.
moonwatcher
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11/4/2014 | 2:28:01 PM
Uptick in Win 8
Well, thank God that here (finally) at 8.1 UPDATE it isn't too bad for NORMAL people to use in that it boots directly to the desktop and acts a whole lot like Windows 7.  Even so, I bet many will jump on an upgrade to Windows 10 next year. With the back to school rush and the holidays coming up, anyone buying a Windows machine will pretty much HAVE to buy Win 8.1,  so it isn't like there is much choice out there, unless you want to cough up $1200 (minimum) for a Mac.
Michael Endler
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11/4/2014 | 9:57:56 AM
Re: On the rise or a tablet blip?
I wouldn't worry too much about rapid obsolescence due to Windows 10; virtually anything with an x86 chip that runs Windows 8.1 will be able to run Windows 10. How well Win 10 will run on some devices might be a bit of a wild card; given that these cheap devices have "good enough" components, they're destined to become obsolete more quickly. But top-tier machines should transition to Win 10 just fine, I'd imagine.
sonicmetalman
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11/4/2014 | 9:49:41 AM
On the rise or a tablet blip?
I think the adoption numbers look better thanks to the sheer volume of inexpensive Win 8.1 tablets hitting the market of late. The 800 lb gorilla in the room is the looming release of Windows 10. Will this have any impact on cheap tablet sales? The holiday sales figures should be good but there could be a lot of unhappy consumers if their new device becomes obsolete when Win10 drops. Holiday consumers may not care with a sub-$200 device but top-tier device makers should probably address this now. I personally detest throwing money away on dead-end devices, even if it's only $100.
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11/4/2014 | 8:39:48 AM
Re: 91%
Perhaps because folks watch movies and television programs for entertainment.  Folks want to escape and see something different than reality.  Even so called "reality" shows aren't reality.

In real life what I've noticed is a lot of folks walking around with iPads.  A not-insignificant subset of that group also enjoy a keyboard add-on that doubles as a landscape-mode kick stand.
Gary_EL
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11/3/2014 | 11:49:40 PM
What other choice is there?
With the availability of Windows 7 machines fading away, consumers will have no choice. As has been stated, desktops and laptops, while no longer the only game in town, are still an absolutely essental part of the computing landscape. When there's nothing to eat but spinach, everyone will eat spinach - or starve.

One thing this will do is to push me, personally, away from Microsoft Office. My ancient, though perfectly adequate version, I'm told, won't play on 8.1. While I'll be stuck paying for an unnecessarily powerful and expensive 8.1 machine, I'll be under no such compulsion to lay out big bucks for the next version of Office. Hello Google, goodbye Office.

 
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