Windows: State of the Platform part 1 - Year in review

We've already covered the top two biggest mobile platforms in the world in our State of the Platform series. We've looked at what 2013 held and what to expect in 2014 from both Android and iOS. Now, it's time to take a look at the fastest growing platform on the market, and the platform that has the best chance of becoming the final pillar in the modern mobile triumvirate: Windows...
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39 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Windows 8.1 Pro = The best OS ever

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Still prefer Mac OS X Mavericks. I don't plan on switching back to Windows anytime soon.

19. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

My PC runs both OS's ;-)

32. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I prefer my Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 ;-)

4. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

If it didn't include metro they yes. And if it had Aero, and if it had the windows 7 start button, and if everything wasn't so rectangular. Oh and did I mention metro.

10. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Go pick up a Dell Venue 8 Pro or Surface and come back. I encourage you not to be subjective either. On the desktop it works just fine but you can make the OS boot straight into Desktop mode if you prefer. On my Venue 8 Pro Metro works beautifully! I really think you should check it out on the tablet. First look at videos of what you can do on it and notice how they put the OS together to make it SO easy to use.

33. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Ofcourse I have tried windows tablets and laptops. My view on the metro didn't change anyway. The tiles don't fit into desktops nor into tablets or phones. I feel like Microsoft tried to make the system easier to use but instead they made it much more difficult to use. In my opinion windows 7 is the easiest to use OS on earth. But ofcourse all this is subjective. Sure there are people who love W8 but as you can see even windows vista has more marketshare than W8 and that speaks for itself. All the facts are against you.

34. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

While not all apps are geared to the desktop without a touch screen specifically, majority of Metro apps work just fine on the desktop but like I said before you can boot straight into the desktop, pin apps to your task bar or desktop as usual and use the OS that way. As for tiles on WP and tablets well I guess they could've shrunk Windows 7 and used it there and become the laughing stock of the industry. With Android out already looking like Windows Mini why would they go that route? How else should they make it finger friendly? Especially on Windows Phone which works so well as is. As far as market share you are wrong! Windows Vista holds 3.3% of the market, Windows 8 holds 6.63% and Windows 8.1 holds 3.95% of the market for a combined total of 10.58% of the Windows market. Now I suck at match but I'm sure 10.58% > 3.3%. Also 3.95% > 3.3% . Source: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/02/01/windows-8-1-now-3-95-market-share-passes-vista-windows-8-falls-6-63/

31. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Metro is fantastic. That W7 start button is not needed at all in W8

11. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Absolutely LOVE my Dell Venue 8 Pro. I've had Win 8 on my laptop for some time and thought it was good. I got my DV8P last week and it is an amazing little device!

16. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

I think Windows 8.1 Pro is an awesome OS as well. I have Dell Venue 8 Pro and it's awesome.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7239; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

WP declined in the holiday quarter Q4 2013 with 8.8 million WP devices. That's down from Q3 2013 with 9.5 million WP devices. This is with sales of WP devices like the lumia 520, going for as low as $49 off contract. If WP was doing so well then Microsoft's Nokia would not be making any Android device. Especially 3 of them.

5. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

8.8 million Lumias in Q3 8.4 million Lumias in Q4

6. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

The funny thing is that Microsoft is getting more money from Android than from WP

25. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Actually they take $20 from every android device, so when you purchase an android phone....you're helping to make Windows Phone better (cuz all the money goes to WP development)......thanks a lot.

7. pyro2448

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

android OS in a laptop would be great for me!

12. papss unregistered

Yes and its called chrome book and they aren't very gois

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Chromebook does not use android, and as much as I don't like the idea, people looking for basic stuff (your average, non computer fan student) its not half bad

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Cmon..you know good n well Android is more than what Chrome OS is.

23. papss unregistered

Barely ;)

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Barely...if that. I mean they both function the same. What was it 'chrome apps'. Only thing android has is app count. When you can purchase a 8.1 windows tablet, with a 11.6in screen on sale for 250, with a year warranty...the app count for droid means jack when compared to the power of a desktop enviorment.

8. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

The Lumia 928 and the Icon are 2 different devices.

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The Lumia 928 had a 4.5" screen and a S4 Pro if I'm not mistaken.

14. xmaloba

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 30, 2012

Android has stagnated W8 & WP8 is on certain up on the basis of an alternative to android..lumia 1320 ($299) looks to b selling on par with 52x in terms of bang for ur buck ... give it till august 2014 n u'll remember my comment

15. supratik1993

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

I kinda miss the missing aero graphics in windows.... Otherwise its not so bad....

17. KenAdams

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I love the tiled modern UI on my Surface 2012. The apps look great and its super smooth and fast. I'm hoping to pick up a WP8.1 handset and retire my S3 soon. The app situation on WP is great, though it's not that good on Win8. However, i love how the apps look and the entire look and feel of the platform. I hope developers get on board and create more metro-style apps for Windows 8. I see WP really growing in the near future and challenging Apple for the 2nd position in the smartphone market.

18. Cyberchum

Posts: 1039; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

After spending time with Windows 8, I've come to grow fond of that highly maligned tiles. That start screen looks so colorful and the apps are just pleasing to the eyes and Kai free. .. The only thing that is going to stop me from getting lumia 635 is it they happen to price it higher than 220 USD in Nigeria.

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

@sodsell I guess you forgot to mention that Samsung also declined last quarter as well or that HTC declined over 36% over the last year even though though HTC only made Android devices. IPhone 5S, Iphone 5C, Note 3 and all the numerous Android/iOS third quarter promotions could hardly put a dent in WP market share that is impressive of WP withstanding that third quarter/holiday push from the two big platforms. HTC M8 ripping off WP Live Tiles is an attempt to mimic Nokia WP success of the last year that increased sales from 2012 = 13.3 million WP 2013 = 30 Million WP You said that "if WP was doing so well Microsoft Nokia would make Android phones let me explain what's wrong with what you said. Many Android fanboys were basically begging Nokia to make an Android phone so Nokia gave in and made a few to appease those asking, , you conveniently left that part out, hypocritical much?, secondly Nokia X are only Android in name , they look and largely operate like like an uglier version of WP, not like your typical Android devices so your point is invalid. WP is the most imitated platform on earth, its a quality OS that is made for grown up, like someone said it doesn't need babysitting, look at Android and its OEM's each passing day they become simplier, flatter, etc that is them trying to grow up from an OS point of view, I suggest you do the same.

21. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

You should study the Metro concept. Just because others are transitioning to Metro doesn't mean they are copying WP.

24. papss unregistered

No they just perfected it and made it popular just like Nokia did with higher quality snappers on phones. I remember some time back fandroids saying "who cares about a good camera on a cell", now look at the landscape
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