Why do so many companies use Windows OS?

By on June 11, 2018 in 

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When it comes to computer operating systems, there’s no doubt that Microsoft Windows is definitely the most popular choice.  According to StatCounter in May 2018, 81.73% of all computer users were running some version of Windows. Yes, over 80% of computer users. Clearly, they are doing something right. But what is it exactly about Windows that attracts so many users? Let’s look at some factors.

Better Applications

Applications that are available for Windows tend to have exceptional features when compared to other platforms. This is not to say that Windows has all the best software because there are indeed some very well-developed programs built for other platforms. But when we look at the bigger picture, we find that Windows-based applications do seem to come out on top when compared to its counterparts.

One example of this is Microsoft Office. Even though it is available for both Windows and Mac users, the experience of the Windows version far exceeds the Mac version. Given Microsoft Office’s prevalence in the productivity sector, this alone would be enough reason for an organization to choose Windows above other operating systems.

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Over the past year Windows has remained the OS of choice in the United States

Popularity

The usage statistics speak for themselves regarding how popular Windows is. With Windows being more familiar to people than any other operating system, it makes sense for organizations to choose the option that will require less training and that users would be more comfortable with using. Almost every computer user has used Windows at some point but the opposite is not necessarily true.

It also makes collaboration and compatibility with other organizations run smoother. In the marketplace, Windows is the dominant operating system. If you want your business to remain compatible with your partners and stakeholders, you should be on the same platform too. Partnerships and business deals don’t need the annoying stress of incompatible files and mismatched functionality.

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More Software

Without a doubt, Windows has the biggest selection of software available for its platform than any other operating system. The benefit of this is that users get to choose from a wider variety of options. This creates healthy “competition” for users, where software developers really have to push boundaries to produce the best program possible. Anything less than the best will result in users picking the next program on the list. This alone does wonders in motivating software developers to deliver excellent solutions that meet users’ needs.

In the case of less popular operating systems, there are less software options available for users. And this limited choice means that users will just have to pick the closest working option. When the element of competitive software development is absent, it can make developers lazy. Because users will be forced to use a lower-quality product simply because there is no better option.

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Many features are included in various versions of Windows OS that are not supported by others or are difficult to achieve with out native compatibility

Cost
Cost is a critical factor when choosing an operating system. However, it is not as simple as comparing price tags. Factors like having to retrain users, compatible hardware and feature parity contribute to the final bill. Propriety developers, like Apple, usually charge a lot for a device that performs only slightly better than a Windows device that costs half the price. Or consider the cost of buying enough software to perform all the tasks that one Windows-based program can do already. A dollar for dollar comparison usually leaves Windows-based computers with the win.

In all honesty, there is a case that can be made for non-Windows operating systems. They certainly have their merits. But Windows is clearly the alpha when you add up all the points. If you are trying to decide which option would best suit your needs and wallet, try talking to a software specialist like MyChoiceSoftware.

3 responses to “Why do so many companies use Windows OS?

  1. So many flawed premises. To quote a recent article in New York Magazine “Windows is a carnival in an open field staffed by drunk orphans.”

    On purchase pricing: Windows cost more than MacOS corporate class Windows machines cost as much or more than a similarly equipped Mac. That is because in order for the vendor to maintain a consistent chip set down the graphics, memory controller, network card, etc. in order for IT to have the minimal number of software images to maintain, vendors charge more. On top of that, corporate class machines are built to a far higher quality standard than consumer grade machines.

    On life cycle costs: having experience in a number of large corporate environments – the largest being 262,000 desktops in 122 countries – the TCC (Total Cost of Computing) for OS X machines, varies a bit from company to company, but is typically 1/2 to 1/4th the life cycle cost of their Windows counterparts.

    On user costs: Repeated studies have shown that OS X user use 3-5 times as many applications as the typical Windows users, primarily due to consistent user interface standards, program interoperability, etc. that all go to reduce the user learning curve and decrease costs.

    On Microsoft Office: Back in 2010 timeframe, Office on OS X was a pale comparison to Office on Windows. But over the last few releases, near 100% parity has existed in program operation, with only Visual Basic as the primary product gap.

    Windows maintains their dominant position through a consistent series of technological executions – in lock step with marketing – that provides hard lock in to Microsoft as a platform. If you adopt one piece of the Microsoft pie, they make sure that interoperability with any non-Microsoft product is an order of magnitude more difficult to accomplish, even where there is zero technical reason for the gross disparity in execution. With virtually everything Microsoft produces, having the data written to a closed, proprietary format, creates massive barriers (read: costs) to migrate or interoperate outside the Microsoft ecosystem. Companies have too much invested to completely replace the Windows environment, and as long as they are dependent on 1 piece of Microsoft’s ecosystem, using anything else is difficult at best.

    MacOS, on the other hand, stores everything in proprietary formats, BUT in every case, provides the option to both import and export data using industry standard, published formats. Your data is where the value is, and it your data is locked into Microsoft formats, the cost of migration goes up substantially.

    There is hope: the technology industry as a whole is moving to platform-independent computing, where everything is available in a browser. The move to HTML5 is facilitating this, machine the choice of the platform operating system a mute point.

    IBM recently moved 160,000 employees onto the Mac, indicating that that transition decreased their IT management cost by 28%.

    With over 1 million pieces of active malware in the Windows ecosystem, a core architecture that is fatally flawed in a vast number of areas (DLL hell and the Registry, just to name a couple of the more obvious ones(, over 50 million lines of code to deal with, and even things as fundamentally flawed as a rendering engine that cannot accurately display typefaces in any view, and even change wraps at different zoom levels, Windows is garbage – but garbage that has a huge IT community locked into a position of job security.

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