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A leaked release schedule from Microsoft shows Windows 8 possibly arriving in 2011.  (Source: MSDN Blogs; Chris Green (former Microsoft developer))
Microsoft has plenty to feel good about these days

Microsoft struggled under a negative public image during the Vista years.  However, the work it did would help to lay the foundation for Windows 7, perhaps Microsoft's most popular operating system to date.  The new OS, which was released last October, was extremely well received thanks in part to an unprecedented public test program that saw millions download free trial builds of early versions of the OS and suggest ways Microsoft could improve it.

Now Windows 7 has hit a market share of 10 percent according to market research firm Net Applications.  To put those gains in context, Windows Vista did not hit over 10 percent until May 2008 – what took Windows Vista 16 months to achieve, Windows 7 did in a mere 5 months.

Currently, Windows Vista has around a 20 percent market share, while the nine-year-old Windows XP holds 60 to 70 percent market share.

Despite the emphatic success of Windows 7, the fastest selling OS in history, Microsoft is hard at work improving the operating system and its successors  Microsoft is reportedly readying Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for a June 2010 beta release and a September 2010 final release.  The SP1 will bring out of the box support for USB 3.0, one of the most exciting new computer technologies.

And according to Chris Green, a former Microsoft developer, Microsoft is already hard at work on the best-selling operating system's successor, code named Windows 8.  The next-gen Windows may be released on July 2011.  He leaked an entire release schedule which includes the upcoming Office 2010 and its successor Office 2012.

Microsoft also had some other good news to report.  In January 2010, Internet Explorer 8 became the world's most used browser, passing IE 6.  IE 8 currently has about a 22.31 percent market share worldwide.  Internet Explorer 8's gains have been partially fueled by Windows 7's success -- IE 8 is the default browser on the U.S. edition of the OS.  

IE 8 also has benefited from a recent push by Microsoft to get users away from IE 6 and IE 7, both of which have a flaw that was exploited by Chinese hackers to steal corporate data.  Microsoft is urging users to upgrade to the new browser.  Amazingly 20.07 percent of users in January still used IE 6 (many of these were likely business users).  Google recently announced that it would be phasing out support for IE 6.

Microsoft appears to be firing on all cylinders.  If it can continue its momentum with the release of Office 2010 later this year, it should be in a very favorable position at the year's end.

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iPhone OS > Windows
By reader1 on 2/3/2010 9:29:46 AM , Rating: -1
The iPhone OS is the most significant advancement in OS technology in 15 years. It's the first closed-platform OS for applications. The fact that many iPhone OS developers are making more money than commercial Windows developers, is proof that closed platforms are the future. The iPhone OS is also a breakthrough in terms of simplicity, security, and reliability.

The iPhone OS will become even more successful as apps replace web sites and the web browser is phased out.

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By michal1980 on 2/3/2010 9:34:28 AM , Rating: 5

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By Totally on 2/3/2010 9:46:57 AM , Rating: 5
It's reader1, how does it surprise you?

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By jvillaro on 2/4/2010 2:27:22 PM , Rating: 2
He reminds me a bit of Pirks... but actualy this one sounds even more crazy

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By Sahrin on 2/3/2010 9:33:20 AM , Rating: 3
Uh, what? It's not even the first closed-platform OS.

It's an embedded OS. Basically every consumer electronics device on the market uses the same model. And several of them also allow sales of software and applications. You may have heard this subset. They are all many, many times larger than iPhone:

Xbox 360
Nintendo 64

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By Sahrin on 2/3/2010 9:34:12 AM , Rating: 2
I forgot to mention pretty much every mobile phone on the market since 2002.

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By retrospooty on 2/3/2010 9:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
Not if its only available on Apple hardware. Open platforms will always win out.

when it came out it was head and shoulders better than the competition, so it did well. now the rest of the world is catching up and within another 2 years they will surpass it at a cheaper price.

See Win vs. Mac for historical reference.

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By Brandon Hill on 2/3/2010 9:36:34 AM , Rating: 5
"Cocaine is a hell of a drug"

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By retrospooty on 2/3/2010 9:39:07 AM , Rating: 1
LOL... 'Its a celebration!!! Enjoy your selves, bitches.

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By vazili on 2/3/2010 9:41:11 AM , Rating: 3
wrong. I cant use any hardware I want with apple OS unless I hack it. There's a reason why Microsoft is number 1 when it comes to OS. Its because its not closed-platform

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By Jeffk464 on 2/3/2010 11:59:59 AM , Rating: 1
Na, I think the main reason is because everyone else uses it.

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By jvillaro on 2/4/2010 2:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
And there mothers... and grand mothers... Hell 90% of PC's run windows :p

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By thekdub on 2/3/2010 10:22:23 AM , Rating: 3
The iPhone OS will become even more successful as apps replace web sites and the web browser is phased out.

What happens if you visit more than 180 websites and run out of home pages on your iPhone?

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By menting on 2/3/2010 4:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
that's when you wake up and buy a real computer.

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By Roffles on 2/3/2010 9:12:15 PM , Rating: 1
I laughed out loud.

RE: iPhone OS > Windows
By jvillaro on 2/4/2010 2:33:24 PM , Rating: 1
The iPhone OS will become even more successful as apps replace web sites and the web browser is phased out.

Really? Every website should or will be replaced for apps? Can you really be that dumb?

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