The Winners and Losers of 2010

The Winners and Losers of 2010

Summary: Now that NetMarketShare's data for December 2010 is in the can, we can take a look at the winners and losers of 2010 in the browsers and operating systems category.

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Now that NetMarketShare's data for December 2010 is in the can, we can take a look at the winners and losers of 2010 in the browsers and operating systems category.

First browsers. Here the winner is clear - Google Chrome, which saw its usage share more than double, rising from 4.63% in December 2009 to 9.98% in December 2010. A missive rise which has seen the browser leap ahead of Apple's Safari (which gained a little ground, up from 4.46% in December 2009 to 5.89% in December 2010) and Opera (which lost ground, going from 2.40% in December 2009 to 2.23% in December 2010).

The biggest loser on the browser front was Microsoft's Internet Explorer. IE saw its usage share fall from 62.69% in December 2009 to 57.08% in December 2010.

Firefox, once the pin-up browser for geeks the world over, saw its usage share fall from 24.61% in December 2009 to 22.81% in December 2010.

Internet Explorer 8 commands a usage share of 33.02%, Firefox 3.6 18.50%, and Internet Explorer 6 (yes, that old dog) still clings on to 13.06%.

Let's take a look at operating systems. Apple had a mixed year. Usage share for Mac OS fell slightly, down from 5.11% in December 2009 to 5.02% in December 2010. Apple's mobile platform iOS, did better with it's usage share climbing from 0.53% to 1.69% over the same period.

Linux dawdled around the 1% mark all year.

Microsoft saw usage share for the behemoth OS Windows fall slightly too, down from 92.21% in December 2009 to 90.29% in December 2010. Windows 7 now commands a usage share of 20.87%, Vista 12.11% and XP a whopping 56.72%.

NetMarketShare uses data captured from the 160 million unique visitors browsing some 40,000 Web sites it monitors for clients.

Anyone want to make some predictions for what we'll see for 2011?

Topics: Browser, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Server data just as interesting

    http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2010/12/01/december-2010-web-server-survey.html

    IIS going nowhere. Surprised?
    Richard Flude
    • Actually, we're surprised you try so hard,

      Rich.
      But then again, it proves that Linux and Apple servers are useful for at least [b]one[/b] thing, not so much beyond that.

      That [i]was[/i] what you wanted all of us to know, right?

      Thanks again, Rich
      John Zern
      • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

        @John Zern
        Linux is good also for number crunching, so top500 supercomputers. Network testing and is coming in the cloud and phone arena.
        orendon
      • orendon; apart from embedded, supercomputers,

        most of the internet infrastructure (dns, http, smtp), increasingly mobiles, tablets, SANs: what has open source unix ever done for us;-)
        Richard Flude
  • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

    @Cylon Centurion 0005
    Prediction or prayer?
    Marco nn
    • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

      @Marco nn
      It's a prayer. XP is clearly the OS for production.
      ITOdeed
    • XP is past it's prime.

      @Marco nn

      It's neither. Anyone still using XP is beating a dead horse. Let it go. Move on.

      I can't help but laugh at folks who try to force feed it onto newer systems, where XP drivers aren't available, then of course I get asked dumb questions like "Why is Microsoft forcing me to upgrade?"
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

    @Cylon Centurion 0005

    "then of course I get asked dumb questions like "Why is Microsoft forcing me to upgrade?"

    Because if you do not buy/upgrade (whether you need it or not) MS will NOT be getting richer than it already is at your expense?.... Really, what a dumb question.
    Marco nn
    • Really?

      @Marco nn

      So just because they sell you software, upgrading is bad?
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • upgrading is bad?

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 :'So just because they sell you software, upgrading is bad? '

      Upgrading is not, high handed attitude is ("Why is Microsoft forcing me to upgrade?".)





      Why it's high handed attitude: The MS' efforts to kill XP.



      MS Timetable
      to kill XP
      -PC manufacturers stop selling computers with XP installed.

      -Microsoft stops selling XP altogether.

      -Mainstream support (free live support and warranty support) ends. Free maintenance is limited to security fixes.

      -All support for XP ends.

      -And a lot more ...



      At least, reliving XP when they need it (showing that nothing is wrong with XP, except the MS' greed).

      -------



      Ah, please don't be so disparaging (..but laugh at folks...) with folks who simply don't understand why something completely usable is not more, thanks to 'new drives', even more at this difficult economic time.
      Marco nn
    • Everything is wrong with XP

      @Marco nn

      It's 10 freakin years old for one...
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • XP is already falling like a rock.

    @Cylon Centurion 0005

    The market share numbers for XP cited by Jason are inflated by the large number of pirate copies of XP throughout the third world and former eastern bloc. XP is no longer a majority of Windows usage in western Europe or North America, particularly among consumer systems.

    http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-na-daily-20091023-20110102

    Interestingly, the fastest uptake of Win7 in North America, percentage-wise, is in Mexico, which has the greatest share of XP users. The highest uptake of Win7 in the world is in Colombia, which was also heavily XP. So much for the myth of Win7 mostly replacing Vista.

    My own predictions based on the established trends:

    By the end of 2011, XP will represent less than 20% of Windows usage in North America. Consumer XP usage will be less than 15%. The evident decline will affect third-party support for XP, which will accelerate the trend.

    The only thing XP has going for it is the perception of dominance and the belief that it will remain a de facto standard forever based on that mythic dominance. It ain't so.
    Lester Young
  • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

    @Cylon Centurion 0005 Why would I spend a huge amount of money and 3 or 4 or 10 hours to upgrade from a working OS to another crappy MS OS. I have an XP machine and it will stay an XP machine. If I was going to upgrade it I would go with Linux not Windows7. I have Windows 7 and it is OK but I strongly prefer Linux Ubuntu. It is much faster, much more stable, much easier and faster to install, it is more secure, it doesn't take any maintenance or expensive virus protection SW, it runs everything I want, including Windows programs through Wine, oh and did I mention it was FREE, and it is better. DUHHHHH This is a no brainer so I guess the people still using that old clunky Windows crap are brain dead.
    Goldcds
    • I'm glad you like Ubuntu.

      @Goldcds

      I tried it for a while. The hassles weren't worth it, so I wiped it off this machine. BTW, since you are still using XP and Win7, by your own standards you are "brain dead."
      Lester Young
    • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

      @Lester Young; Ha,ha that is the (now old) MS' Motto: 'Linux?; I tried it for a while. The hassles weren't worth it' (At least try to change the order of the words)

      Joseph Goebbels (now Ballmer?): 'If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. '
      Marco nn
    • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

      @Goldcds
      yea, it's faster to install but you'll be left with a bloated station. try recompiling the kernel to achieve a custom and "slimmer" setting and you'll be doing it for hours if you don't know what needs to be ticked off and on. secure? yea right. the only reason it's "secure" is that most malware isn't compatible with it, which is something you should have understood by now. and wine is definitely not better in performance, it hogs more resources than your average windows platform running their legitimate programs.
      from what i know, the only reason why some companies incorporate linux is that it's easier to modify it to run app servers by a fair margin, and at a minimal. you can't get decent enough support readily for these kinds of systems.
      congalalalala
    • Godwin's Law! You lose!

      @Marco nn

      When your reasoning fails, trot out the Nazi comparisons.

      Nice cop-out, claiming that all those who have tried, and been disappointed by, Ubuntu are liars.
      Lester Young
    • Good for you

      @Goldcds

      Tried Ubuntu (And Linux) but to me, it is highly unusable as a main OS.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

      @congalalalala

      [i]yea, it's faster to install but you'll be left with a bloated station. try recompiling the kernel to achieve a custom and "slimmer" setting and you'll be doing it for hours...[/i]

      Try recompiling the Windows kernel and they will hunt you down.

      If "bloated" means "recognizes any hardware you throw at it," then the Windows kernel is bloated too. And you can't even do anything about it.





      :)
      none none
  • RE: The Winners and Losers of 2010

    @Cylon Centurion 0005

    XP Pro x64 was never common, but since MS hasn't cut off support for it yet, you can't call it dead yet.
    mheartwood