The Future of Linux is Google

“What’s most striking about Google’s apparent success in the OS
market is that it has chosen not to fight Microsoft where it is
strongest (on the desktop), but where it is waning. While Windows
Mobile 6.5 is a competent mobile OS, Microsoft has failed to
generate genuine excitement for users who’ve been dazzled by the
far more compelling iPhone OS. Simultaneously, Microsoft has not
managed to convert its dominance in the data center into a serious
challenge to RIM’s BlackBerry devices among business users.

“Carolina Milanesi, Gartner research director for mobile
devices, reports that Windows Mobile slipped to 7.9 percent in the
third quarter of 2009. World leader Symbian also slid, from 49.7
percent to 44.6 percent. Meanwhile, BlackBerry and iPhone have
grown to 20.8 percent and 17.1 percent, respectively. Amid all this
shuffling, Google Android has carved out a 3.5 percent share for
itself in the mobile marketplace. Not bad for a newcomer.”

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