Had a few minutes to kill so decided to have a browse of netmarketshare , I knew Windows usage would be declining due to mobile and the fact so many do not sit at a computer anymore to use banking, facebook, or amazon for example, but just since May 2016 usage of Windows visiting web sites has dropped by a 1/3 , going from 61% of devices to 39% in 18 months whilst iOS and Android usage has doubled. I did not think it was at such a fast rate ! Just how low will Windows usage drop? Will Microsoft ever reach a billion devices running Windows 10 without anything serious in mobile?
<p>Even if the numbers turn out to be an accurate measure of web site visits, they are still not direct evidence of a drop in Windows use overall. Browsing on a desktop (any OS) is still superior to browsing on a smartphone, but portable use is convenient so it's not surprising that it has increased. </p><p><br></p><p>The smartphone form-factor will always be poorly suited to productivity use and that's the sweet spot for any desktop OS.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#234577"><em>In reply to Dan:</em></a></blockquote><p>The scenarios you mentioned – that's what I was referring to as "convenient". I thought that was obvious, but perhaps not. Screens that are larger than the average smartphone give a better web experience but naturally in scenarios where portability has a higher priority and productivity activities aren't involved, the smartphone is better.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#234614"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>I don't know, reddit's website is the only one I can think of that would actually be improved by a flashing, scrolling banner. Not exactly the poster boy for a professional website.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#234656"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>Survey results vary with the company doing the survey and rankings vary over time, but as the popularity of the Kardashians indicates, popularity doesn't always equate with quality.</p>
<blockquote><a href="#234808"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>I'm not sure how blind people figure in to this discussion. Should extra static be added to screen reader content on reddit so that blind users can experience the ugliness that sighted users get?</p><p><br></p><p>I'm definitely a function over form guy, but reddit's appearance could be improved without adding any "fluff".</p>
<blockquote><a href="#234857"><em>In reply to hrlngrv:</em></a></blockquote><p>When I look at reddit.com, I see little pictures next to the submissions and visual indicators of the gamification stats. That looks like a visual embellishment to me. </p>