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Are Windows PCs already falling to smartphones and tablets?
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| When I look into my technology crystal ball, I see people moving from desktops
| to smartphones and tablets. Iâm not the only one who sees a post-PC world
| coming. What I didnât expect was to find proof that desktop Windows was
| already a dead technology walking.
| Over at ZDNetâs sister site, CNet, they recently reported on 15-years of
| Download.com. I expected this to be little more than a nice historical walk
| down a popular siteâs past. Well, it is that, but itâs also contains lots of
| bad news for Windows users.
| You see, in 1996, when Download.com was founded, 89.5% of its downloads were
| Windows programs. Would you care to guess what the percentage of Windows
| downloads are in 2011? Itâs a mere 28%.
| Today, 67.5% of Download.comâs downloads are mobile applications. Think about
| that. Even with Appleâs App Store and Androidâs Market getting the vast
| majority of mobile downloads since theyâre built into iPhones, iPads and
| Android devices, people are still downloading more than twice as many mobile
| apps than they are Windows programs from Download.com.
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