“Data just released by market research firm IDC indicates that Apple’s share of the worldwide personal computer market rose slightly during the first calendar quarter of the year, despite the simultaneous launch of Microsoft’s first major operating system upgrade in over five years,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

Marsal reports, “For the three-month period ending March, the Mac maker registered a 2.6 percent global share, up from 2.5 percent during the December quarter and from 2.1 percent during the year-ago quarter.”

“‘Due to Vista’s January 30 release and the PC sales that resulted from pent-up demand after its lengthy delay, we expected a slight sequential downtick in Mac market share,’ said Gene Munster, an analyst with investment bank PiperJaffray & Co. ‘But strong Mac sales in Apple’s March quarter enabled the company to gain share despite stronger than normal PC sales,'” Marsal reports.

Marsal reports, “The analyst expects year-over-year market share gains to continue for the Cupertino-based company on a quarterly basis, especially as it enters three quarters of significant product releases (iPhone, Leopard, new iPods) and the educational buying season (July).”

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