On the eve of Windows 8, Windows 7 has finally, officially, this time for real, passed Windows XP as the world's most popular operating system. After an initial lunge by 7, most growth came from XP computers wearing out and people had to buy 7. Fortunately, most of them are happy with 7.
And then, along comes the surprising news that Google Chrome has almost caught up with Firefox as the world's second most popular browser. So how will this affect Windows 9?
It's safe to say that Windows 9 will be born into a world in which Win 7 is the most popular operating system, with Win 8 fighting with Apple for control of the mobile market. It will be a world in which touchscreen monitors are easily available. 9 will HAVE to be more desktop and laptop friendly; creating an office version, with a tiled interface devoted to office work, will be a big step forward.
Now that Internet Explorer is better than Firefox (It is, if you're using Windows 8), MS will have to concentrate on making a browser so far superior to its competitors that 7 and 8 users will be willing to upgrade in order to get it.
I predict: Windows 9 will have a new version of Internet Explorer, that can only work on Win 9. MS will have put so much work into it that 9 users will have the best web experiences of anyone.