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Flash and the PDF: Computing’s Last Great (and Now Endangered) Monopolies

Remember the 1990s when Microsoft and Intel dominated personal computing, long before there were smartphones or tablets or other things that are sort of like computers but not actually computers? Back then, as the chart Asymco’s Horace Dediu created shows, WinTel computers dominated.
In recent years, though, the dominance of the WinTel computing platform has collapsed. Apple’s traditional computers and iOS devices combined with Android’s smartphone success mean that, as often as not, people use an operating system and device that’s outside the WinTel model. Given the proliferation of computing gadgets and operating systems, many standards have collapsed. There are few near-monopolies left. Microsoft Office is everywhere, but increasingly unnecessary. Even mighty Google’s search market share is only around 66 percent.  But you know, there are two 90s-era products that continue to have ridiculous installed bases: Adobe’s Flash and PDF.
Read more. [Image: Asymco]

theatlantic:

Flash and the PDF: Computing’s Last Great (and Now Endangered) Monopolies

Remember the 1990s when Microsoft and Intel dominated personal computing, long before there were smartphones or tablets or other things that are sort of like computers but not actually computers? Back then, as the chart Asymco’s Horace Dediu created shows, WinTel computers dominated.

In recent years, though, the dominance of the WinTel computing platform has collapsed. Apple’s traditional computers and iOS devices combined with Android’s smartphone success mean that, as often as not, people use an operating system and device that’s outside the WinTel model. 

Given the proliferation of computing gadgets and operating systems, many standards have collapsed. There are few near-monopolies left. Microsoft Office is everywhere, but increasingly unnecessary. Even mighty Google’s search market share is only around 66 percent.  

But you know, there are two 90s-era products that continue to have ridiculous installed bases: Adobe’s Flash and PDF.

Read more. [Image: Asymco]