Latest worldwide usage figures for PC/Mac operating systems and browsers show little change in November, a traditionally slow month. But a close look at the numbers shows that the free Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks upgrades were a hit.
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The latest web usage numbers from NetMarketShare for October show that free is the key to success. Microsoft's Windows 8.1 and Apple's new OS X Mavericks, both released as free updates, found their way onto a significant number of PCs for the month.
Compressed memory is the only major storage feature in OS 10.9 Mavericks. Here's what it is and how well it works.
When the initial batch of Chromebooks hit the market nearly two years ago, some thought these low-cost devices running Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS could be a Windows killer. NetMarketShare just started measuring Chromebook usage this month, and the first reported numbers are startlingly low.
The latest monthly OS share numbers from NetMarketShare show few surprises. XP continues to slide, Windows 8 is very slowly gaining traction, and Microsoft still dominates usage in the declining market for traditional PCs. But the numbers show a few unexpected trends.
Smartphones continue to prove their popularity with the global masses as it is projected to outpace feature phones in memory usage by next year.
iOS is clearly cannibalizing Mac OS web usage.
Apple's Mac OS X finally breaks the 6% mark worldwide usage mark.
Firefox 5 might just be out of the gate, but Mozilla is working hard on improvements for Firefox 7. One of those improvements is the way that Firefox handles memory usage.
Firefox creator Mozilla will focus on reducing the memory footprint of the browser through a dedicated MemShrink team, according to comments posted online by one of the developers.The organisation started the dedicated MemShrink effort in response to concerns from consumers over the growing memory demands of the browser.
In-Core/Memory Resident database technology is being used by SAP and Workday. How different are the two vendors' approaches?
Storage and upgrade vendor Other World Computing took another look at the memory limits in some late 2008 Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pros and found that a specific blend of updated firmware, Boot ROM and OS versions will let the notebooks handle a 8GB RAM upgrade.
According to reports, support for the TRIM command used by modern solid-state drives (SSD) will arrive with the release of Mac OS X Lion, aka Mac OS X Version 10.7. The software improves the write performance of the flash memory and can also reduce wear on the memory cells.
Website or network usage statistics don't tell the whole story of an operating system's success.
Mac OS X's usage share might have dipped below 5% worldwide, but in the US it's doing really well, according to data gathered by NetMarketShare.
The BB Bold 9700 is a great QWERTY keyboard device and the new Bold 9780 builds on that with the new BB 6 OS, more memory, and an upgraded camera.
When I look through NetMarketShare's monthly reports of web usages, rather than concentrate on the numbers, I tend to look at the overall trends. The numbers are susceptible to all kinds of influences and anomalies, and I don't have the time, energy or aptitude to apply statistical rigor to any analysis. Also, quite often you're dealing with fractions of percentages. Trends are more reliable, and one trend that I've noticed is the declining Mac OS market share.
The Linux OS has spent years scrabbling to claim a 1% usage share, and ultimately never managing to hold onto it, data by web metrics firm NetMarketShare shows that take Apple's iOS platform has breezed past it to the number three spot in the operating systems league table.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G is not a big advance. The screen resolution could be better, and we'd appreciate more internal memory. It brings the Curve range up to date, but would have more impact with BlackBerry OS 6 preinstalled.
According to data collected by web metrics firm Net Applications, the iPad OS has blasted past Android in terms of usage share in three months.