I've noted before that, but are resigned to using Windows because we have to. Well, now there's some data to back up that assertion.
The Facesærch blog did a quick review of when people search for the terms "Microsoft" (Blue), "Linux" (Red), and "Apple" (Orange), and found two interesting trends in the data, more easily viewed over the last 90 days:
First, Linux and Windows have declined as a trend since 2004, while Apple has boomed. Second, and more interestingly, Windows and Linux see greater search traffic during the workweek, while Apple's search traffic goes up on the weekends. See those valleys? Those are weekends for Windows and Linux. Those same periods show up as peaks for Apple.
No, the data aren't perfect, but they are instructive. A bit more like the Mac, in other words.because it has figured out how to make us want to use our computers. It has taken the drudgery out of computing. If Linux wants to boom on the desktop, it needs to be a bit less utilitarian and a bit more fun.
Windows? Well, with such a massive share of the market, I doubt Microsoft feels it needs to do much of anything, which is precisely what I want it to do while Apple and Linux outflank it.