“Even with the buzz surrounding Apple Computer Inc.’s move to Intel processors, the company’s share of the operating system market has remained flat since December 2005, a metrics vendor said Monday,” Gregg Keizer reports for TechWeb.
Keizer reports, “According to data gathered by Net Applications, the Mac OS in all its flavors held down 4.35 percent of the world’s operating system share in December. At the end of August 2006, it accounted for 4.33 percent… Intel-powered Macs made up a growing portion of that figure since January with 0.62 percent of all Mac systems by August — about 1 in every 7 Macs.
“‘While this slight dip may not seem to be a cause for concern for most observers, the fact that Mac usage was steadily growing until this year’s stagnation may be indicative of larger Apple problems,’ Net Applications said in a statement,” Keizer reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Anomaly. Need more input, Stephanie. Also, we need to hear from IDC and Gartner first – not to mention seeing Apple’s Mac unit shipments – before we can even attempt to divine a trend. One metric just isn’t enough in the wacky world of OS market share. We wouldn’t worry about the Net Applications’ dude’s horse hockey about “stagnation” and “larger Apple problems.” And don’t even get us started on “installed base.” FYI: How Net Applications gets their numbers is here.
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