Steam Hardware & Software Survey
Windows 8 is already over 11% on the Steam Hardware Survey. that's a better indicator in terms of people who regularly spend money on their PCs.
the older indicators include PCs that people never intend on upgrading in any way. the people who have Windows XP on a Pentium 4 machine and are still using Office XP or Office 2003. They've fallen off the upgrade curve and are fine with that.
Exactly what proportion of the computing public are avid gamers, those who almost continually upgrade their PCs?
Supporting - there's a surprise.but Microsoft is now doing a good job of supporting its partners
Interesting little thing here:
Epic Citadel HTML5 demo launched; IE browsers are left out - Neowin
I just had a look at it in ubuntu 13.04 - looks promising.
Apparently MS 8 and RT sales achieved 1.8% share in Q1.
Combined total across all vendors doubled that to 3.6%.
Bit different form the 7.5% quoted elsewhere.
Worldwide Tablet Market Surges Ahead on Strong First Quarter Sales, Says IDC - prUS24093213
if you're polling people who they're going to vote for the presidential election, you don't poll everyone. you poll people most likely to vote.
same thing with PC purchases. you look for the demographics that spend money. way back when, people scoffed at the notion of metrics looking at the smartphone buying demographic. smartphones were a sliver of a population base compared to feature phones. and now smartphones are becoming the dominant base.
If you look at some of those net metrics, those ancient IE versions still have a significant share. But that audience that uses them aren't targeted by anyone anymore. It's why Microsoft is having to pose their latest IE as a Mozilla browser so that the browser gets fed the correct form.
.if you want just marketshare, you can give it away for free.
Linux has a fabulous share as a result.
It seems 8.1 will change that though, with smaller 8 inch tablets with RT will be more effective in that arena.