» ‘Why I’ve all but given up on Windows’

Long-time Windows user Adrian Kingsley-Hughes gives a pretty thorough and heart-felt explanation as to why Windows just isn’t appealing to him anymore:

I’ve lost count of the number of notebooks I’ve owned over the years, but this MacBook Pro is, by far, the most reliable system I’ve owned, and I put part of that down to the fact that it doesn’t run Windows.

The broad applicability of Kingsley-Hughes’s experience come from two points: 1) the increasing relevance of mobile platforms where Windows isn’t competitive and 2) the decreasing importance of operating systems in general. As more and more of our work and life is on the web, the cost to switch desktop platforms is lowered. Windows, as the desktop platform with the largest market share, is more at risk because of this and the Mac, Linux, Chrome and mobile platforms benefit.