Apple’s Mac OS X, Safari web browser show market share gains

Net Applications’ monthly tally of operating system and web browser market share shows Apple’s Mac OS X operating system and Mac OS X-only Safari browser gaining share in November 2005 vs. October 2005. Apple’s Mac OS X was up to 4.11% in November vs. 3.87% in October. Apple’s Safari was up to 2.78% in November vs. 2.56% in October.

Operating System Market Share for October 2005:
1. Windows XP – 77.44%
2. Windows 2000 – 10.03%
3. Windows 98 – 5.13%
4. Mac OS – 3.87%
5. Windows ME – 2.12%

Operating System Market Share for November 2005:
1. Windows XP – 77.92%
2. Windows 2000 – 9.82%
3. Windows 98 – 4.78%
4. Mac OS – 4.11%
5. Windows ME – 1.99%

More info on operating system market share here.

Browser Market Share for October 2005:
1. Microsoft Internet Explorer – 86.52%
2. Firefox – 8.59%
3. Safari – 2.56%
4. Netscape – 1.26%
5. Opera – 0.54%

Browser Market Share for November 2005:
1. Microsoft Internet Explorer – 86.08%
2. Firefox – 8.84%
3. Safari – 2.78%
4. Netscape – 1.25%
5. Opera – 0.53%

More info on browser market share here.

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38 Comments

  1. Looking at the distribution of Operating Systems, it would appear that MacOSX is picking up share from Win98 & WinME users, while Win2000 ussers are moving to XP.

    Why do I think this? Try to run XP on the same CPU you had ME or 98 on. Also the security on 98 & ME is the pits. Then add into the mix, that these users are buying new CPUs.

    As a group, I think they are more likely to choose a Mac, than they would be to upgrade to XP. If this is the premordial ooze from which Mac Switchers come, then the pool is significantly large enough to double MacOSX share in the next 2 years.

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