When we look at market share in IT we often quote global figures that hide massive geographic differences. Also we believe that what we use is the global standard. AOL Messenger is a good example of this, if you’re in the US everyone uses it (or almost).
However, look at the figures by country and the picture is very different.
global_im_market_share_stats_july_08.pdf (application/pdf Object)
All about Microsoft explains what’ll be in Messenger 9…
Whatâ€™s on tap for Windows Live Messenger 9?
Does anyone use all of these functions? My Live Messenger is horribly slow as it loads tab and tabs of adverts and contains an enormous number of functions that I don’t use.