Microsoft’s Vista fails to dampen Apple Mac resurgence

Apple Store“Microsoft has on a number of occasions reported that Vista sales are strong, higher than expected, and that Vista is doing much better than XP did when it was launched. What it never talks about is how Vista is affecting the Apple Mac OS market. There certainly seems to be evidence that the Macintosh is only getting more popular, despite the launch of Vista,” Ruben Francia writes for

“In April, Apple said it sold a record 1.52 million Macs in the quarter that Vista debuted. Apple executives boasted that Macs were ‘clearly gaining market share’ as sales for the quarter grew three times faster than the over all worldwide computer market, up 10.9 percent, according to research firm IDC,” Francia reports.

“Another fact worth mentioning is the number of people surfing the Web using a Mac has doubled in the past eight months. Measurements from WebSideStory and rival Net Applications put Apple’s Mac OS X at close to or just over 6 per cent of all machines in the US that connected to the web last month,” Francia reports.

“Since August, the percentage of online Macs running Apple’s operating system has climbed from the long-flat 3 per cent to 5.6 per cent, according to Geoff Johnston, an analyst at WebSideStory. 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 per cent for April,” Francia reports.

Francia writes, “There seems to be ample evidence that Vista is doing nothing to dampen the Macintosh revival, with the new version of Max OS, Leopard, almost upon us, this is unlikely to change in the near future.”

Full article here.


  1. Dare I say it? Oh, ok.

    Hasta la VISTA, baby!

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    MW: Matter, as in: Vista does NOT matter.

  2. And the beauty is that there is very little Microsoft can do about it other than spend more money on advertising – which isn’t likely to make much difference because switchers have likely made their decision already knowing about or even having experienced Vista. It’s not as if they can all of a sudden make Vista good.

  3. Come onnnnn, you know de saying: Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t de lead dog, de scenery never changes.

    It’s become de current Microsoft motto. Staring at Apple’s backside and taking it like de low-down dirty shitzu’s they really are. Yeh-heh-hehehesssssss . . .

    I POOP on them.

  4. Vista is the largest and most expensive virus ever developed. OS X is the cure.

    But, just watch out for Ballmer with a bat coming to your town soon. He’s huge and he’s crazy.
    You’ll recognize him by the bolts in his neck, giant pit stains and the chirping turtle boy with glasses perched on his shoulder.

  5. “Greetings to all intelligent life-forms everywhere. And to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together guys!” -Douglas Adams “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy”-

    Need I say more?

  6. From the web site:
    > Clockwise from top left:
    > John Pospisil, Triston McIntyre
    > Ruben Francia, Jonathan Schlaffer
    > James Cornelius, George Gardner

    What a bunch of nerdy looking geeks! Oh, wait, they look just like me.

  7. In the long run we will see that Vista actually helped Apple says in the year 2007. Microsoft made the only blunder they could have made…they released an OS that forces the common user back into the personal computer market to buy a whole new machine. That is why the emphasis of the new Mac ads ain’t switch to a’s get a Mac…Microsoft made sure everyone has to dump their PeeCee hardware. That was the biggest road block to Apple’s resurgance, how do convince people to dump $2k worth of hardware from another vendor and buy ours…M$ provided the solution. Thank you Mr. Ballmer!

    Just my $0.02

  8. Is this determined by people browsing with Safari? If so, this would not include those using FireFox, Camino or Opera (or IE). I’m sure this would be a small percentage, but it would increase the overall numbers.

  9. Mac sales are surging NOT “despite” Vista’s launch, but BECAUSE of Vista’s launch. Windows users are obviously trying to avoid Vista at all cost. Proof – Dell is offering XP again as an option. The other option consumers are considering is getting a Mac. It’s clear that they are not just considering it, they are buying.

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