Apple’s Mac OS X beats out Windows, takes 53.9% OS-only market share in Japan

“Microsoft’s has taken a bruising in the Japanese marketplace just as Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard was released, according to a new report by the country’s Business Computer News,” Electronista reports.

“The publication notes that while sales of Mac OS X increased dramatically between September and October, climbing from a rate of 15.5% year-over-year to 60.5%, Microsoft suffered from the reverse effect,” Electronista reports.

“Sales growth of Windows plummeted from 75.3% to 28.7%,” Electronista reports. “The sudden switch provided Apple with about 53.9% of the total OS-only marketshare in Japan during October — a breakthrough for the company, BCN says.”

Full article here.

BCN’s report via Google Japanese to English translation here.

72 Comments

  1. that is a huge grow because to get windows you can have any computer, but to have Mac OS, you need a Apple Mac. So it is not as easily to get OSX, but is a lot more satisfactory to have it that having windows machines.

  2. There were some issues when they translated the news into English. Here’s what the report REALLY said:

    だが、直近の07年10月には、アップルがシェア60.7%と大躍進。過去のアップルのシェアから見ても、60.7%という数字は飛び抜けており、前バージョンTigerの発売直後の05年5月の51.2%と比べても10ポイント近く上回っている。また10月は、Leopardが動作するシステム要件に満たない、古い機種を使用しているユーザーが中心とみられる、前バージョンTigerに対する駆け込み需要もあり、高いシェアの獲得を後押ししたようだ。

    Hope that clears up a few things.

  3. Well, careful folks, don’t get too excited – need to read the fine print in the original source report:

    発売以後わずか6日で10月1か月間の「OS」パッケージ販売本数で過半数の53.9%を占めシェア1位を獲得。猛烈なスタートを切ったことがわかった。そこで、Leopard発売直後の人気の程をレポートする

    BC

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