Electronics News Byte: The 'irrelevance of Microsoft' Illustrated in a Single Chart

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Electronics News Byte: The 'irrelevance of Microsoft' Illustrated in a Single Chart

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Microsoft has long been the leader when it comes to personal computing, but the advent of mobile marked a major paradigm shift that Microsoft still hasn't gotten a grasp on. Microsoft still dominates the PC market by a staggering margin; Windows currently powers 91.5% of all PCs currently in use, according to Net Applications' June data. But there's a huge problem: The PC market isn't where the growth or profits are anymore when it comes to connected devices. In a recent post on his blog titled "The irrelevance of Microsoft," mobile analyst Benedict Evans shared a few charts that help illustrate why Microsoft is facing such a huge conundrum right now. Samsung is announcing plans for its largest-yet North American developer conference, a multiday event to take place Oct. 27-29 in San Francisco. The Korean electronics giant was short on details, saying only that the conference will allow developers to ?Engage with industry leaders,? ?Collaborate with fellow developers,? ?Learn about new Samsung tools and SDKs,? and ?Create what?s next.? Royal Philips Electronics NV says its net profit in the second quarter soared to $416 million thanks to stronger sales of consumer products like shavers in emerging economies.