In just five years, Microsoft’s share of personal computing devices fell from a once commanding 90% all the way down to just 33%.
And it doesn’t appear that the freefall has ended just yet.
Horace Dediu of Asymco recently published a new report indicating just how much has changed for Microsoft since 2008.
Back then, Windows PCs represented 90% of all computing devices. But amidst the advent of iOS- and Android-powered devices, Microsoft hasn’t been able to keep up with changing time.
Gartner reported that PC shipments totaled 80.3 million units in Q3. Subtracting an estimated 4.4 million Macs yields an estimated 75.9 million Windows PCs. This total is lower than the total shipped in the same period of 2008.
In the event that Microsoft’s efforts in the tablet and smartphone industries don’t become more competitive, the software giant could see its former dominance erode even further by the end of this decade.