Our Windows section is full of articles concerning the Microsoft operating system, all the way from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. The problem is Windows is a huge subject matter, with a multitude of different aspects we could cover. So, we thought we’d ask you, the people that matter, which aspects of Windows you’d like to see more of on MakeUseOf.
Windows Phone Will Ultimately Triumph
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which Mobile OS Will Ultimately Win Out?”
Out of a total of 1,474 votes, 34.4% chose Google Android, 16.4% chose Apple iOS, 43.9% chose Windows Phone, 0.5% chose BlackBerry, and 5% chose Other.
There is only one thing we need to discuss about that result: Windows Phone winning against all the odds. For Windows Phone to top the poll with 43.9% of those voting choosing it above Android and iOS is shocking, especially considering it only accounts for around 3% of the overall market share for smartphones.
We suspect this result was engineered in some way, with a Windows Phone community somewhere online stuffing the ballot box to ensure Windows Phone was victorious. A similar thing happened in December 2013 when BlackBerry was voted the the best mobile OS in existence.
Regardless, these freak results still demonstrate something, namely the passion people have for the technology they have chosen to support. And who knows, perhaps Windows Phone will prove victorious in the long run. Stranger things have happened.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Hildy J, Peter F, and Emmanuel Fordjour. Comment Of The Week goes to ed , who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
If we choose to learn from history, the dominant mobile OS will be (or already is) the one that that uses the MS playbook.
MS had both DOS and Windows as the dominant OS because of several factors:
1. They appealed to the masses by having tons of software available.
2. They had a large marketing hype machine.
3. They were available to be used by a large portion of OEMS.
Apple has 1 and 2 covered, but they will never allow their OS to run on another manufacturer’s equipment. That is why their desktop market share has remained small, and that is why their mobile OS market share will never compete with Android.
While Blackberry used to have 1 and 2, they are slowly, but surely beginning to lack in those factors. Add the fact that they too will not allow their platform to be on other OEMs equipment and they are sure to fail within the next 24 months.
MS fights the long, long war. They currently have #2 covered, but are still lacking in 1 and 3. But it doesn’t matter. They will never give up on mobile. They fought the long war in video games and slowly climbed from #3 to arguably #1 now despite their XBOX division still not turning a profit. They will, over many, many years build up their OEMs and their software apps store. In maybe 5, or 10 years they will slowly overtake Apple to gain the #2 spot, but will remain there.
Google’s Android has gained such a foothold as the dominant mobile OS simply because they followed Microsoft’s playbook. They got tons of developers to write software for their platform. They continue to market their mobile OS and add value and services to it. And they continue to allow and have many manufacturers building the hardware that drives their OS into the number 1 spot. Just like Microsoft with their desktop OS, Google will hold the number 1 spot with Android for a long time to come.
There will always be competing OSs, but the company that masters all three points above for the duration of the fight will always hold the #1 spot.
We chose this comment because it spells out one possible way of determining which mobile OS will ultimately win out. It all makes a lot of sense too, using the Windows model as the standard to measure the chances of success for all operating systems.
Which Windows Words Will We Write?
Microsoft Windows is a defiantly diverse subject, hence the wide range of articles currently being written for our Windows section. Diversity is good, and we’ll carry on writing about all of the different aspects of Windows for a long time to come.
However, with that being said, we like to cater, first and foremost, to our readers. That’s you guys. Your views matter to us, especially when it comes to the content being published on MakeUseOf. Which leads us to this week’s poll, with us asking you to specify which Windows subjects we should cover more in the future.
In a break from the norm, we’re allowing you to make multiple selections (up to three) in order to truly gauge the level of interest in the different aspects of Windows. By working together we can deliver more of the content you’re actually interested in. But we need your help to make that happen.
Whether your topic of choice is or isn’t included as an option, please expand on your opinion in the comments section below. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.
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