November OS Share Numbers: Should Microsoft Be Scared?

The latest numbers from Net Applications’ Operating System stats are available, and they provide a nice epilogue to last month’s numbers. In October the Mac’s share was down, and Vista’s was up, prompting some to write about the apparent anomaly.

I countered that notion with my own writeup that showed both Windows and Mac have ups and downs in their numbers, so any single month isn’t particularly relevant. This is also true because Net Applications’ numbers themselves are really just a measure of OS usage hitting their network of web sites worldwide (~40,000 sites). It may be as accurate an OS measure as any, but one would still have to say it’s not conclusive. If anything, since some of those sites could be IE-only, it might even be skewed against any non-Microsoft OS. 

But the data is sure fun to play with.
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For Qwest, FTTN Not An Option, Necessity

Larry Dignan, who writes at the Between The lines blog, talked to Qwest CTO Pieter Poll about company’s future plans including fiber-based broadband. Unlike Verizon, Qwest has opted for fiber-to-the-node strategy. The company is pushing fiber to a point where it can feed 350 homes using VDSL2 over copper.

Some highlights from the conversation and my take on why faster broadband isn’t just an option but a necessity for the company below the fold. Read More about For Qwest, FTTN Not An Option, Necessity

For Qwest, Two kinds of Housing Crisis

This tiny bit in this DSL Reports post about baby Bell, Qwest, caught my eye.

A recent announcement that the company s CFO has decided to resign also included a quiet statement that business is slowing partly because of the housing crisis that is sapping demand for new hookups .

In my interview with Qwest CEO Ed Mueller back in March 2008, I had asked him, if housing downturn was impacting his business, after all Qwest’s fast growing regions like Arizona and Colorado have been hit hard by the housing downturn. Mueller had said that despite the cyclical nature of the economy, the company doesn’t plan to change his course.

In the other housing crisis Qwest had to take a financial loss when it relocated Mueller to Denver. When Mueller joined Qwest, the company bought his home for $8.9 million in September 2007, and recently sold it for $7.1 million. That’s a $1.8 million hit, thanks to the housing crisis.

The GigaOM Interview: Qwest CEO & Chairman Edward Mueller

This past week I got a chance to catch up with Edward Mueller, CEO & Chairman of Qwest. Since taking over for Richard Notebaert in August 2007, Mueller has been quietly trying to shore up the Mountain Bells, forging alliances with the likes of DirecTV and making plans for a broadband future. Following are edited excerpts from our conversation.