The recent eBay castoff has now worked its way onto 17 percent of systems, versus 16.7 percent for MSN Messenger. And since many MSN Messenger "users" may not even be aware the application is running -- several Microsoft products have been known to set up Messenger automatically as part of their overall installation processes -- Skype's gains are even more remarkable as it typically requires that the user make a conscious choice to seek out and install the program.
Europe, Asia embrace OpenOffice
One bit of exo.repository data should come as no surprise to OpenOffice fans: Europe and Asia love this popular open source productivity suite. The adoption rate for users in those geographies is roughly 50 percent higher than in the United States, proving once again that Microsoft's dominance is not all-encompassing, especially in the socially progressive markets of the "old" and developing worlds.
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