“The portion of people surfing the Web using a Mac has doubled in the past eight months, an Internet metrics analyst said today, and represents an audience that can’t be ignored by Web application developers,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
“‘The amazing story since last summer has been how well the Mac is doing,’ said Geoff Johnston, an analyst at WebSideStory Inc. in San Diego. ‘For the longest time, Mac hung around 3% of the operating systems using the Web. But it picked up around last summer, and has nearly doubled its market share.’ Measurements from WebSideStory and rival Net Applications of Aliso Viejo, Calif., put Apple Inc.’s Mac OS X at close to or just over 6% of all machines in the U.S. that connected to the Web last month,” Keizer reports.
“‘For the first time since 1999, when we started tracking, the Mac has really made a major push,’ said Johnston. Since August, the percentage of online Macs running Apple’s operating system has climbed from the long-flat 3% to 5.6%, he said. Net Applications data, which splits the Mac’s share between computers running the PowerPC version of Mac OS and those with an Intel edition of the operating system, pegged the total share at 6.2% for April,” Keizer reports.
“‘When you see Mac, or any browser, like Firefox, moving past 5%, you just can’t turn them away,’ said Johnston. Web site designers and Web application developers, he said, had better pay attention to the Mac,” Keizer reports. “‘Macs are starting to erode Microsoft’s market share,’ Johnston declared.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Justin,” “Fred Mertz,” and “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]