Last month, yet another Silicon Valley blowhard pronounced Microsoft “irrelevant.”
In fact, that’s the message you’re likely to hear just about everywhere you go inside the bubble that is Silicon Valley. It’s repeated in the tech press, which falls over itself to see who can be the first to analyze the meaning of the latest cryptic invitation from Apple.
And then, every once in a while, actual data arrives from the outside world. Like this month’s report from Net Market Share, which tracks usage of desktop and mobile operating systems and browsers worldwide.
Here’s what the world looked like in February 2012, as measured by Net Market Share:
Oh, look! Worldwide, 8% of all desktop/portable computer users are still running the hated, reviled Windows Vista. That’s more than all users of OS X and Linux combined.
And, of course, if you add up the number of Windows XP users (dominated by enterprises) and Windows 7 (mostly consumers and small businesses), the percentage is more than 10 times the total of all OS X and Linux users combined.
That’s from a worldwide base of nearly 1.5 billion traditional computers—PCs and Macs.
Pretty good for an irrelevant company.