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  1. AMD is biting at Intel's server market share with its largest gains in over a decade Intel is still holding the fort in mobile and desktop, but Epyc chips are snapping at Xeon's dominance in the datacentre. (Image credit: AMD) The first few months of 2021 have been absolutely massive for AMD and Intel. According to the latest report from Mercury Research, the first three months of 2021 saw the largest yearly increase in shipments of CPUs in a quarter of a century, and second only to the final moments of 2020 in terms of raw volume. You'd be perhaps surprised to learn that Intel has gained a touch in overall x86 market share in Q1 2021, whereas AMD reportedly lost out. There's only a percentage point in it: a 1% gain for Intel and a 1% loss for AMD, though. Far from major gains in either direction. Mercury Research puts that down to an increase in budget chip shipments for Chipzilla, which tallies with other figures out of the tech giant as of late. But where Intel has gained in mobile processor market share, it loses out marginally in desktop. That's where AMD's Ryzen processors are seemingly crushing it, and despite some difficulty sourcing the top-tier chips, such as the Ryzen 9 5950X and Ryzen 9 5900X, AMD is still managing to make gains within the market predisposed to Intel processors for so long. AMD reported massive revenue in its last earnings call, and a shift to more high-end processors with higher average selling prices in Q1 certainly goes a long way to explaining that. But perhaps the biggest win in AMD's eyes is the 1.8% increase in server market share quarter to quarter, and 3.8 percent year on year. That means its Epyc processors are selling supremely well against Intel's Xeon chips, and the market that AMD will be most determined to get more of a footing in. Datacentres are not quite so fickle as us gaming lot, see. While 1.8% may appear marginal, it equates to a helluva lot of server chips. In fact, since Intel's server sales were down, AMD managed its highest single-quarter market share gain since 2006, back in the Opteron days. Clearly it's a good time to be in the business of chipmaking—what with demand soaring to space and showing few signs of slowing. Sadly, however, it's not been great for us gamers as demand sees stock depleted within moments of returning, and often sold on for profit. At least that's mainly graphics cards, and not all CPUs. It's still possible to pick up some of the best CPUs for gaming going. Source: AMD is biting at Intel's server market share with its largest gains in over a decade
  2. Intel grabs CPU market share back from AMD for first time in 3 years Mostly thanks to AMD's processor shortages What just happened? We’ve been hearing for a while now that AMD is continuing to chip away at Intel’s dominance of the CPU market, but according to a new report, the trend reversed in Q4 when Chipzilla gained market share for the first time in three years. Mercury Research’s results for the fourth quarter of 2020 show that AMD lost some of its x86 market share despite having a good year overall. In desktop, the company fell from 20.1 percent in the previous quarter to 19.3 percent. AMD is unlikely to be too concerned about the findings. Its QoQ desktop CPU share might have been down 0.8 percent, but the Q4 result was still a full percentage point higher than the same period in 2019. Moreover, YoY revenue was up 50 percent—the company recorded record financial results last year. As previous reports have shown, the PC industry is one of several to have been boosted by the pandemic and the resulting increase in those working from home: the x86 CPU market grew a massive 20.1 percent. AMD’s decline is being blamed on the stock issues faced by its Ryzen 5000 processors. As with so many of the holiday season’s top tech items, demand has far outweighed supply, leaving many desperate consumers with the sole option of paying exorbitant prices on eBay if they want a Zen 3 CPU. Even some of the Ryzen 3000 line have been experiencing similar issues. It was the same story in the laptop CPU market. AMD’s share fell 1.2 percent QoQ to 19 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, but that’s still 2.8 percent higher than in Q4 2019. Don’t be surprised if the recently revealed Ryzen 5000 mobile processors help it pull some of that lost share back. Intel’s fortunes were helped by its improved supply of budget processors designed for devices such as Chromebooks. Its CPU shipments increased 33 percent in Q4, and with AMD admitting its shortages may last several more months, Intel could continue to pull ahead, especially with Rocket Lake set to launch in March. Looking at the CPU market as a whole—including servers, the only area where AMD saw quarterly gains—AMD’s share declined 0.7 percent in Q4 to 21.7 percent. Compared to a year earlier, that’s still a 6.2 percent increase. While Mercury Research’s report has AMD declining, the latest Steam Hardware Survey shows the company rebounding from a December dip and stealing 3 percent of Intel’s processor share last month. Source: Intel grabs CPU market share back from AMD for first time in 3 years
  3. AdDuplex: Windows 10 version 1909 becomes the most popular version Today, AdDuplex published its monthly report on Windows 10 usage. The data is based on the over 5,000 Microsoft Store apps that use the AdDuplex SDK v.2 or higher, and it was collected on August 27. Compared to last month's report, the big news is that version 1909 is the most popular version now, finally passing 1903. The newest version, 2004, increased from 11.6% to 24.1%, as it's finally starting to roll out more broadly. Version 1909 decreased in usage from 36.8% to 35.5%, and version 1903 decreased the most, from 43.6% to 35.5%. Obviously, the rest of the versions, even combined, make up a small piece of the billion-user pie. Version 1809 decreased from 3% to 2.4%, 1803 decreased from 2.5% to 2.1%, and version 1709 is stagnant at 0.8%. Older versions decreased from 1.2% to 1.1%, although that can likely be chalked up to a margin of error, and Insiders remain at 0.5%. One key thing that you can see from the adoption graph is that adoption of version 2004 is really starting to pick up. It's still only available to seekers, meaning for those that go into Windows Update and manually choose to install it. The only people getting it automatically are those on a version nearing the end of support, meaning version 1809. AdDuplex: Windows 10 version 1909 becomes the most popular version
  4. AMD Ryzen CPU Gain A Mammoth Market Share Versus Intel’s Core Lineup – Ryzen 3000 Outselling Intel 4 to 1, Ryzen 7 3700X Sales Eat Up Intel’s Entire Lineup The latest market share and revenue report for AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors are in from Mindfactory (via Ingebor) and it looks like the red team has got a major win on their hands. Based on the figures from Germany’s biggest retail outlet, the report shows that AMD while consistently topping Intel for an entire year has now surpassed them with an unimaginable and record share. AMD Ryzen CPU Share Highest In A Year, Ryzen 3000 CPUs Completely Demolish Intel’s Core Lineup, Ryzen 7 3700X Most Popular CPU Followed By Ryzen 5 2600 and Ryzen 5 3600 It has been almost a month since the Ryzen 3000 series processors launched. The processors hit the market on 7th of July and so only 23 days have passed since their arrival on retail shelves yet Intel’s worst nightmare has come true. AMD not only crushed their rival with a market share of 79 percent but the recorded figure was also the highest in a year for the red team. Intel, on the other hand, managed the smallest market share in over a year at just 21%. Running down the sales figures in details, AMD’s recorded share of CPU sold at 79% was even bigger than the first generation Ryzen and second-generation Ryzen launch. Of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs sold, the Ryzen 7 3700X was the most popular and the chip alone sold almost as much as Intel’s entire Core lineup. The Ryzen 5 3600 and Ryzen 5 2600 followed up and the reason was due to the incredible value that the 6 core chips offer plus the amazing discounts on the Ryzen 5 2600, putting the chip under the $150 US range. The Ryzen 9 3900X sold higher quantities than Intel’s flagship Core i9-9900K since it offers more cores and multi-tasking performance than the 9th Gen Intel offering. The Ryzen 7 3800X was the least popular Ryzen 3000 series part but that’s to be expected since you’re getting almost the same amount of performance on the 8 core Ryzen 7 3700X for a much better price point. When it comes to revenue from the sales, AMD managed to grab the most share at 75% while Intel had a 25% share in July. The most revenue came from Ryzen 7 3700X because it also sold the most quantities while Ryzen 9 3900X came out second. While the Ryzen 9 3900X didn’t sell as much as the Ryzen 7 3700X, it does cost a higher $499 US price tag which reported for higher revenue. The AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs are also facing minor shortages in select regions due to their immense popularity, however, the average sales price of AMD CPUs has seen an increase of a whopping 50% during the launch month which is impressive. Lastly, we can see the share split between Intel’s and AMD’s lineup. 50% of the AMD CPUs sold were Mattise or Ryzen 3000 series based, 32% were Pinnacle Ridge-based, 5% were Summit Ridge-based while the remaining 3% were Threadripper HEDT CPUs and APUs. Intel’s share included 70 percent Coffee Lake Refresh or 9th Gen CPUs, 27% Coffee Lake or 8th Gen CPUs, and the rest of the 3% were Skylake-X and Kaby Lake 7th Gen CPUs. In the end, all I want to say is that this news is absolutely fantastic for AMD and it shows that more consumers are replacing Intel CPUs with newer Ryzen processors that offer better features and a lot more multitasking performance while delivering single-core performance on par with the rival Intel chips. AMD has completely demolished Intel and with the Ryzen 3000 victory, Intel is more or less ‘Outside’ of the leaders camp. Source
  5. Microsoft refutes claim of Windows use decline, says usage up 75% We reported two days ago that Windows appears to have lost market share to Linux and MacOS in the last month, dropping more than 1%. Now Microsoft has responded by claiming not only has Windows use increased, but that usage is up massively, a full 75% YoY. This amounts to 4 trillion minutes of use a month, or 7,610,350 years. It, of course, makes sense that with everyone stuck at home use of larger screens would increase over mobile screens. This view is supported by this Statcounter chart, which shows a clear signal with Windows and OS rising and Android and iOS dropping in the most recent weeks. Microsoft also reported in their latest earnings results that Windows OEM Pro revenue grew 5% driven by PC demand due to remote work and learning needs. It remains to be seen if this boost will continue if and when things return back to normal, but strangely, once again Microsoft appears to be one of the few companies benefitting from the COVID-19 crisis. Source: Microsoft refutes claim of Windows use decline, says usage up 75% (MSPoweruser)
  6. Netmarketshare: Edge up and Windows 10 down in the latest report Netmarketshare has released their market share for April 2020. The data shows the new Edge continuing to make gains why Windows 10 sees an inexplicable drop in share compared to March 2020’s data. In this month’s report, Windows 10’s share is 56%, down from 57.34% earlier. The big drop is not due to a resurgence of Windows 7 due to #StayAtHome, as Windows 7 also dropped from 26.3% to 25.59% share. It turns out Windows’s drop in share overall is from an unexpected quarter – Linux use surged from 1.36 to 2.87% share and 8.94 to 9.75%. We can only imagine this is due to all those support engineers booting up their Linux machines at home or some other exotic explanation. On the browser side, things are relatively static, with Chrome up from 68.5% to 69.18%, and Edge from 7.59% to 7.76%, while Firefox also saw a small increase from 7.19% to 7.25%. While the small increase in the new Edge is welcome, what is of course also notable is that Chrome is at an all-time high, a mere hairsbreadth away from 70% market share. Source: Netmarketshare: Edge up and Windows 10 down in the latest report (MSPoweruser)
  7. Windows by the numbers: Remaining Windows 7 users in no rush to move on With the Windows 7 end-of-support deadline now receding in the rear view mirror, users of the aged OS no longer seem to be in any rush to upgrade to Windows 10. pan xiaozhen modified by IDG Comm. / Microsoft (CC0) Windows 7 users who missed the operating system's mid-January support deadline weren't in any hurry last month to dump the operating system. According to data published Sunday by American analytics company Net Applications, Windows 7 shed just four-tenths of a percentage point in February, ending the month at 25.2%. Windows 7 accounted for 28.6% of the personal computers running the Microsoft OS. (The percentage of Windows PCs is larger than the percentage of all personal computers because Windows does not power every system. In February, Windows was the OS of 88.2% of the world's personal computers -- an increase of just one-tenth of a point. Of the rest, all but a tiny fraction ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS, in decreasing order.) February's decline of Windows 7 was less than a tenth that of January's, when procrastinators scrambled to retire the 2009 OS before - or shortly after - its Jan. 14 end of support. Users of Windows 7 who didn't make the switch to a newer OS may have decided that, having blown the deadline without visible harm, they could relax and keep running the operating system. Or perhaps the last-minute rush in January had exhausted IT's resources and administrators were simply pausing to regroup before tackling more machines. Another possibility: The Extended Security Updates (ESP) that Microsoft has sold - and continues to sell - have dampened at least some of the immediate enthusiasm for ditching Windows 7. Six years ago, when Windows XP exited support in April 2014, Net Applications recorded a similar slowdown in XP's decline. At that time, however, XP's share continued to sink for a month (May 2014) before completely stalling the month after that (June). Windows 10 on its way to 100% At least the when-Windows-7-falls-Windows-10-climbs rule remained intact last month: Windows 10's share rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 57.4% of all personal computers and 65.1% of only those running Windows. The forecast based on the latest data - the average change over the past 12 months - now predicts that Windows 10 will reach 75% of all Windows systems by September and nearly 80% by the end of 2020. Those users must come from somewhere: Windows 7 should shrink to 19.7% by September and just 16% by Dec. 31. Unless Microsoft forks Windows 10 in some fashion - Windows 10X, perhaps? - and so offers more than the purportedly "last" version of its client OS, Windows 10 will, at some point, account for 100% of all Windows. Unlike previous major migrations, like XP-to-7, this time there's no successor to 10 that will dilute its dominance. According to Computerworld's forecast, Windows 10 should represent somewhat more than 97% of all Windows by the end of 2021. Elsewhere in Net Applications' data, Windows 8/8.1 added one-tenth of a percentage point, ending February at 4.1% share of all personal computers but 4.7% of those running Windows. The increase was the third straight for the not-yet-obsolete OS; there's no easy explanation for that climb, short as it has been (three-tenths of a point over the three months). It's unlikely folk actually flocked to Windows 8.1 since Dec. 1, 2019, so the increase should be written off as an artifact of Net Applications' data collection methodologies. Meanwhile, macOS shed three-tenths of a percentage point to end February at 9.4%. Apple's OS took a tumble last month as well, although that was by Net Applications' design; the metrics vendor had counted iPads running iPadOS 13 as Macs, and so had overestimated the share of macOS. A major correction in January that went back to September 2019 put things straight. On the plus side, macOS remained within sight of the 10% milestone, which it had erroneously met last fall. Net Applications calculates operating system share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers used to reach the websites of Net Applications' clients. The firm tallies visitor sessions to measure operating system activity. Source: Windows by the numbers: Remaining Windows 7 users in no rush to move on (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  8. Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 is on track to reach 85% by mid-2021 It's not unusual for Windows 10 use to rise as Windows 7's use falls, which is what happened (again) in June. One continuing surprise: it was the third straight month where Linux saw gains. Microsoft Windows 10 recorded strong growth again in June as the five-year-old operating system added more than a percentage point in share just as the now-obsolete Windows 7 retreated by almost as much. According to metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 grew by 1.1 percentage points to reach 58.9% of global OS share last month, which represented 68% of all Windows' editions. Both numbers were again records for Windows 10, with the latter putting the operating system on track for reaching a 70% share of Windows within 60 days. Windows 10's percentage of only Windows PCs was significantly larger than the percentage of all personal computers because Windows does not power every system. In June, Windows was the OS of 86.7% of the world's personal computers, the same fraction as in May and like that month, a record low for Microsoft's operating system. Of the remaining 13.3%, all but a puny seven-hundredths of a point ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS. As Windows 10 went up, so Windows 7 went down. For the second straight month, Windows 7 lost share, parting in June with nine-tenths of a percentage point, dropping to 23.4% of all PCs and to 26.9% of just Windows. Windows 7 hadn't been at a share level that low since January 2011, more than nine years ago and only 15 months after its launch. Back to normal? Windows, maybe ... the world, not so much This two-month run of Windows share normalcy – Windows 7 loses share, Windows 10 picks it up, plus some – was in contrast to earlier this year, when the reverse was the case. Computerworld has tried to explain the odd turnabout as caused, at least partially, by the coronavirus pandemic and the chaos it generated when millions were sent home to work from there. In those explanations, the historic work-at-home numbers and the abandonment of the usual workplaces meant a downturn in Windows 7-to-Windows 10 migrations – accounting for the March-April rise of the former and fall of the latter. Then, in May, when some parts of the country took steps to reopen commerce and companies called employees back to their normal work-day haunts, the tide reversed, with Windows 7 falling and 10 climbing. Frankly, while that thinking may be true, the upside-down, inside-out of COVID-19's impact makes it all guesswork. For although some parts of the world – Europe comes to mind – have made solid strides in restarting economies, other swaths – the U.S., for example – are in such disarray that one state relaxes restrictions even as another restores lockdown. Short version? At least something is normal, more or less. Be happy with that. The June upswing shifted the Computerworld forecasts for both Windows 7 and Windows 10. The former should slide under 20% of all Windows not long after 2020's end; a year from now, Windows 7 will dip to around 13%. Meanwhile, Windows 10 will pass 70% (of Windows only) by the end of August and within a year, reach nearly 85%. Elsewhere in Net Applications' numbers, June saw a third straight unexplained upswell by Linux. The category, which lumps together all distributions, added four-tenths of a percentage point, putting the open-source OS at a record 3.6%. The almost-identical decline of macOS fed the increase of Linux, again illustrating the zero-sum nature of share. Unless one operating system suffers, others cannot rejoice. Ubuntu again was behind Linux's gain; Canonical's OS accounted for all of the increase, ending June at 2.6%. Currently, Net Applications pegs Linux at a share more than a third of Apple's macOS. Net Applications calculates operating system share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers used to reach the websites of Net Applications' clients. The firm tallies visitor sessions of those browsers to measure global operating system activity. Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 is on track to reach 85% by mid-2021
  9. Windows by the numbers: Windows 10, Windows 7 pause their ups and downs Windows 10 turned five years old in July, marking the anniversary with something of a pause in its market share growth. NiroDesign / Getty Images Windows 10 took a breather in July, perhaps celebrating its fifth birthday with a little too much adult beverage and – although the share data was deceptive – essentially remained flat for the month. According to California analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 purportedly grew by four-tenths of a percentage points to reach 59.4% of global OS share last month, representing 68.2% of all Windows editions. The second number is the more important of the pair, however, and is nearly identical to that of the month before. As always, Windows 10's percentage of only Windows PCs (that 68.2%) was larger than the percentage of all personal computers (the 59.4%), because Windows does not power every system. In July, Windows was the OS on 87% of the world's personal computers, up three-tenths of a point from June. Of the remaining 13%, all but six-hundredths of a point ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS. In Net Applications' eyes, then, Windows 10's "increase" was largely due to a boost in the overall Windows number, and so did not portray an organic gain by the new-ish operating system. Think of it as a rising-tide-lifts-all-boats situation. Windows 7 also stayed in place, ending the month as it began, with a share of 23.4% of all PCs and 26.8% of just Windows. Five years on and Windows 10 catches its breath It was ironic that on the month of the fifth anniversary of its debut, Windows 10 took a rest: The OS has absorbed share at a faster clip than its real predecessor, Windows 7. At the five-year mark, Windows 7 accounted for 58% of all versions of Windows, according to Net Applications, or 10 fewer points than Windows 10 at the same point in its timeline. (Windows 10 has also already surpassed Windows 7's peak, which was 67.1% of Windows in June 2015.) There were reasons for 10's apparent growth. First and foremost, and unlike all earlier editions of the operating system, it has no newer rival. Because 10 is Microsoft's last Windows – it's to be refreshed until doomsday rather than replaced – it has had no competition from a flashier offspring. Windows 7 did not have that advantage. Even though Windows 8 flopped, it still attracted some users. In October 2014, for instance, Windows 8/8.1 accounted for 18.4% of Windows' share. In a world without Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 would almost certainly have powered 76% of all Windows PCs at its five-year spot. Nothing illustrates this no-competition perk better than forecasts of Windows 10 future growth. Using the operating system's 12-month average, Computerworld can predict that 10 will soon reach territory unseen by Windows 7: in February, Windows 10 should account for 76% of Windows by June 2021, more than 80%. Meanwhile, Windows 7 will continue to shrink in share size. By year's end, the out-of-support OS will power just 23% of all Windows desktops and laptops, and in a year only 17%. Elsewhere in Net Applications' numbers, July put an end to an amazing growth spurt by Linux. The category, which lumps together all distributions, lost a minute four-hundredths of a percentage point, remaining at the 3.6% of June. macOS dropped three-tenths of a point last month, slipping under 9% for the first time since July 2019. Net Applications calculates operating system share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers used to reach the websites of Net Applications' clients. The firm tallies visitor sessions of those browsers to measure global operating system activity. Windows by the numbers: Windows 10, Windows 7 pause their ups and downs
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    Chrome swallows more share

    Its biggest monthly user-share gain in three years pushes Google’s browser ever closer to the 70% mark. Chrome again jumped in user share, adding the most in a single month since its 2016 heyday, when Google took advantage of a disastrous Microsoft decision to claim the top spot. According to web analytics company Net Applications, Chrome's July user share climbed by 2.3 percentage points to end the month at 68.6%, a record for Google's browser. The month's increase was the largest since August 2016, at the tail end of an eight-month tsunami that swept Microsoft from its decades-old perch. In five of the past seven months, Chrome has held more than two-thirds of global browser share, a statement to its grip on the market. The only extant browser that has accounted for such a large portion of the world's web activity? Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE), which a decade ago was as dominant as Chrome is today. But Microsoft deliberately pulled the plug in the IE bathtub and within months watched its lead swirl down a drain. In mid-2014, the Redmond, Wash. company told Windows users that they would have to upgrade to the newest-available IE for the OS running their PCs. The order scratched a year of support from IE7, four years from IE8 and IE9, and seven years from IE10. (At the time, IE8 was the most popular version of the browser.) Only IE11 survived with support intact. But if Microsoft expected an uptake of IE11, it was sorely disappointed. After the mandate went into effect in January 2016 — when more than half of all those running a Microsoft browser were forced to switch — a stunning decline began. In the first eight months of 2016, Microsoft's global browser share plummeted 16 percentage points, representing a loss of about a third of its total. During the same stretch, Chrome gained 21.6 percentage points, sprinting from 32% to 54%. Computerworld has long maintained that when faced with an upgrade of one sort or another — IE8 to IE11 or IE to Chrome — millions upon millions picked the latter. In any case, IE never recovered, and Chrome has never looked back. Instead, Google's browser has angled to eat the world. According to its 12-month average user share change, Chrome will account for more than 70% of all browser share by the end of the year. By the end of 2020, that number will approach 75%. Firefox feels like it's slipping away Firefox shed user share again in July, making for the third consecutive month of losses. Mozilla's browser dropped half a percentage point, falling to 8.3%, a mark not far above its record low of 7.7%, which it recorded three years ago. Although Firefox has had several three-month periods where it lost user share, the 1.9-point total decline of the latest was the largest since a 2.3-point drop between November 2017 and January 2018. As Computerworld has pointed out before, Firefox has had a tough time the last two years. Every once in a while, the browser posts a positive number, but those gains are always erased. Over the last 15 months, for example, Firefox reached 10% or more just twice, most recently in April. But then May, June and July came and washed Firefox near the 8% bar. Firefox's prognosis remains dire. In the last six months, the browser gave up 1.9 percentage points of user share, a depressing amount for an application that has no fat to begin with. Computerworld's latest forecast puts Firefox under 8% by October and contends that the browser will flirt with a sub-7% share by July 4, 2020. Mozilla has banked on privacy as Firefox's edge over rivals. But it's also recently trumpeted enterprise manageability, likely hoping for some adoption in organizations apprehensive about Chrome's connection to Google, and the latter's reputation as a data collector and monitor of online behavior. Something had better work for Firefox, or it could easily become a boutique browser forever stuck in the low single digits. Good luck with that Edge thing Meanwhile, Microsoft's browsers — IE and Edge — were also down for July. The combined user share of IE+Edge slipped by one-tenth of a percentage point to 13.2%. Over the past several months, Microsoft's browsers have alternately climbed and fallen, often taking one step forward followed by two steps back. Over the past six months, for example, Microsoft has added seven-tenths of a point to its user share bank; but during the past 12 months, it was down 2.1 points. The July downturn was on Edge's shoulders: Microsoft's newest browser lost two-tenths of a point, slumping to 5.8%. Only a curious increase in IE by about three-fourths that amount kept Redmond's losses down. (At this point, how is IE collecting new users?) Amazingly, IE, with a user share of 7.4%, continued to tally more user activity than Edge. Edge — the current Edge — accounted for just 11.9% of all Windows-based browsing activity, a significant slip from the month prior, caused by Edge going down and Windows 10 going, well, up in spades. Neither of Microsoft's browsers are going to set any growth records. In fact, by the IE+Edge 12-month average, they'll continue to contract. At the end of 2019, the combined user share will have dropped to 12%; a year from now, they could account for just 11% of all share. Microsoft has its work cut out for it in reclaiming Edge from the morgue. Elsewhere in Net Applications' numbers, Apple's Safari grew by a tiny tad to 3.4% and Opera Software's eponymous browser slid a small bit to 1.4%. The only silver lining for either was Safari's share of all macOS-powered personal computers — 37.9% — ending up setting a three-month record. Net Applications calculates user share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers people use to reach the websites of Net Applications' clients. The firm tallies visitor sessions to quantify browser user activity. Source
  11. Win-Win Future generations won't understand this slide WITH LESS THAN six months until Windows 7 officially becomes an ex-operating-system, there's encouraging news for Microsoft from this months market share figures from Netmarketshare. After a fairly stagnant few months, Windows 10 has seen a significant uptake in users, tantalisingly close to having half the market at 48.86 (3.07). Perhaps more importantly for Microsoft, Windows 7, which started the year with over 40 per cent market share, has taken a big tumble to 31.83 (-3.55). The company will be hoping that the drop is coming from corporate customers finally getting the message that it's time to update. Netmarketshare calculates these statistics based on all machines that connect to the internet during a given period. Other versions of Windows have seen a less severe change. Windows 8.x has actually bounced slightly at 5.92 (0.72) with the vast majority on Windows 8.1. The original Windows 8 is now End of Life and has just 0.63 per cent of the desktop market. Windows XP continues to be Microsoft's unflushable turd, with 1.68 (-0.13). If you're new to all this, Vista's market share fell out of the top 10 some time ago. Apple desktops have seen a slight drop this month. The four most recent versions of macOS add up to 8.39 per cent (-0.02), with the vast majority on macOS 10.14 with 5.38 (0.07). As ever though, we remind you that with margins this tiny, we could well see it bounce back next month. Linux stands alone, with a slight rise to 1.66 per cent (0.11). Our calculations analyse the top ten operating systems, based on laptop/desktop use. If we remove that filter and look at all devices, including games consoles, maker boards and mobile devices, we see a very different story. The top five by version are Windows 10 (21.12), Windows 7 (13.76) iOS 12.3 (12.58) and Android 8.1 (8.18). Accounting for fragmentation, Android is still the top dog operating system, but with a narrowing gap (39.11) followed by Windows (38.24), iOS (17.36), Mac OS (3.88), Linux (0.93) and sneaking up at the rear, Chrome OS has 0.17 per cent market share. This month's figures also show a reassuring rise in security, with 85.37 per cent of data received from encrypted connections. Source
  12. Windows 10 Barely Moves the Needle on Global Market Share Data shows Windows 10 records minor share increase New data provided by NetMarketShare shows that while Windows 10 continues to be the leading choice for desktop computers across the world, it barely moved the needle on global market share numbers last month. Windows 10 increased its share from 45.73% to 45.79%, despite the arrival of the May 2019 Update. Microsoft started the rollout of Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or version 1903, in late May. Last month, the company made it available for all seekers on Windows Update, meaning all users are allowed to download the update with a manual check for updates. Windows 7, whose support comes to an end in January 2020, dropped from 35.44% to 35.38%. The 2009 Windows operating system will go dark on January 14, 2020, so Microsoft now recommends users to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to continue to receive updates. The transition from Windows 10 to Windows 7, however, happens at a rather slow pace, so right now, more than 3 in 10 PCs out there still run Windows 7. Windows XP going dark Windows 8.1, which is the third Windows version that still receives support, actually increased its share from 3.97% to 4.51%. At the same time, macOS 10.14 declined from 5.34% to 5.31%. The good news is that Windows XP, the operating system that no longer receives updates since April 2014, is going down at a faster pace and has now reached 1.81% share. Windows XP is mostly used on devices in various organizations and enterprises across the world because of compatibility reasons and the high costs of upgrades to newer Windows. Linux, which has long been considered the main alternative to Windows, is now running on 1.55% of the desktop computers out there, according to the same source. Below is a summary of the June 2019 market share figures: Windows 10 Windows 7 macOS 10.14 Windows 8.1 May 2019 45.73% 35.44% 5.34% 3.97% June 2019 45.79% ↗ 36.38% ↘ 5.31% ↘ 4.51% ↗ Source: Windows 10 Barely Moves the Needle on Global Market Share (Softpedia - Bogdan Popa)
  13. Nvidia crushes AMD with 80% GPU market share ahead of Ampere launch Team Green has increased slice of the dGPU market by 10% - at the expensive of AMD (Image credit: Nvidia) Nvidia claimed 80% of the discrete GPU market in the second quarter of 2020, stealing market share from rival AMD. That’s according to the latest figures from Jon Peddie Research (JPR), which claim that Nvidia saw its share of the graphics card market increase from 71% in the second quarter of 2019 to 80% in the Q2 2020. That impressive growth has come at the expense of rival AMD, which saw its slice of the market shrink from 29% to 20% over the same 12-month period. That’s not to say AMD is struggling to flog its Radeon graphics cards, as JPR reveals that sales are up for both companies; AMD shipments increased by 8.4% between Q1 and Q2 2020, while shipments of Nvidia GPUs increased by a whopping 17.8%. That's because of the pandemic, JPR claims, which lead to an unusually busy second quarter overall for GPU purchases - graphics card sales were up 2.5% in Q2 2020, with the dGPU market surging 6.55%. Things aren’t looking quite as rosy for Intel, though, which saw discrete GPU sales decrease by 2.7% during the three-month period. It will be interesting to see what Q4 looks like, as both Nvidia and AMD are currently gearing up to launch their next-generation graphics cards. Nvidia is planning to showcase its Ampere-based GeForce RTX 3000-series GPUs at an event on 1 September, and AMD is expected to follow shortly after with the launch of its RDNA 2 ‘Big Navi’ cards. Nvidia crushes AMD with 80% GPU market share ahead of Ampere launch
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