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Windows 7: Windows XP's user share plunge not real, just a data adjustment

06 Nov 2014   #1
A Guy

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Windows XP's user share plunge not real, just a data adjustment

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The Internet metrics company that claimed Windows XP's user share plummeted by a record amount last month said Tuesday that it had struck several Chinese websites from its tallies, causing the dramatic decline.

Net Applications argued that its estimates are now "more accurate."

The California company's data, which is widely used by the media to track the ups and downs of browsers and operating systems, had reported October's numbers on Saturday. According to its estimates, Windows XP's user share had plunged a record 6.7 percentage points last month, while Windows 8 had soared by 4.5 points, also a record.
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07 Nov 2014   #2
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.1 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
 
 
Methodology

I wondered if a methodology change was the reason.

We've just had a big stink here in Australia because the Australian Bureau of Statistics changed its methodology and its Unemployment figures have been varying wildly ever since.

Does that explain the huge surge in W8 series users though?

Are they going to rework all of their previous figures, so we can actually see what was really happening?
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07 Nov 2014   #3
michaelst

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The 3 types of facts:
1. Lies
2. Damned Lies
3. Statistics

Objective Truth is always defined by the subjective definition of 'truth'.
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