Microsoft: "Windows on 96% of netbooks"
Here's a nice stat. According to the Microsoft Windows Team Blog, Windows market share in the blossoming netbook market has reached a whopping 96% as of February this year. "Not only are people overwhelmingly buying Windows, but those that try Linux are often returning it", says the blog, claiming that "customer confusion" has led the Carphone Warehouse, a major UK mobile phone (and now netbook) retailer, to drop Linux.
As you'd expect, the blog waxes lyrical about how great Windows is on netbooks. "There’s a wizard to help with just about anything, so you’ll never need to go to the command line and manually configure things." Many would argue that modern Linux distributions provide a GUI-driven way to do just about anything, and while everyone would concede that the command line is important for some very advanced tasks, how many Windows tips and tricks involve poking around in the Windows registry?
But anyway: we want to know your thoughts. When you're out and about and see people using netbooks, would you also say that 96% are running Windows? Are you seeing fewer Linux-powered netbooks in shops? And what can the Linux community -- and especially the distro makers -- do to make Linux more attractive to netbook buyers?