Net Applications: Apple’s Mac OS share hit 9.63% in December 2008

Net Applications’ Operating System stats for December 2008 show Apple’s Mac hit 9.63% share of the operating systems visiting Net Applications’ network of websites worldwide. The stats also show Apple iPhone with a new all-time high of 0.44% share and Apple iPod with 0.08%.

Net Applications’ December 2008 Operating System Stats:
Microsoft Windows: 88.68% (vs. MAY 2006: 95.09%)
– Windows XP: 65.22%
– Windows Vista: 21.12%
– Windows 2000: 1.47%
– Windows NT: 0.34%
– Windows 98: 0.27%
– Windows ME: 0.16%
– Windows 95: 0.01%
Apple Macintosh: 9.63% (vs. MAY 2006: 4.43%)
– Intel: 7.19%
– PowerPC: 2.44%

Linux: 0.85%
Apple iPhone: 0.44%
Apple iPod: 0.08%

Windows CE: 0.05%
Playstation: 0.02%
FreeBSD: 0.01%
Nintendo Wii: 0.01%

Net Applications’ Operating System Market Share for December 2008:

Net Applications’ Operating System Market Share Trend for Apple Macintosh for January 2007 to December 2008:

More details can be seen via Net Applications’ here.

MacDailyNews Note: As always, the actual percentage numbers are not as important as the trends shown since all “market share” reports have unique measurement sources. Net Applications, for example measures 40,000 corporate and ecommerce websites — how many of which are restricted to WIndows and/or IE, if any, we do not know. If anything, Net Applications is providing one measure of installed base, rather than “market share.” Again, what’s important is the trend (and consistent data points). The trend shows Apple’s Macintosh ascending.


  1. Movin’ right along…!

    I’ll be buying 2 macs this spring, I think– if the mini is updated, for sure. Doing my part to empty my wallet for the benefit of the world economy so that I can eventually get more back from the system than I paid into it.

    Just sayin.’

  2. I don’t know who is more masochistic – the people still using Winblows 95 or ME. ME was HIDEOUS!

    And Wintrolls say that OS X looks something from Fisher-Price.

  3. These are impressive stats. Intel Macs now outnumber PowerPC macs three to one in usage. What is even more impressive is that the PPC % usage has been around 2.5% for a while now, indicating that legacy Macs not being thrown out. Apple are clearly increasing their install base and not just relying on current users replacing their old PPC macs.

    I expected Apple to reach 10% market share in 2010. If they really are adding 3% per year, Apple could reach 15% market share by year end 2011.

  4. I think I’m going to try to be the last PowerPC user so that it always stays at 0.01% like Sun OS.

    I wonder if anyone is still running BeOS – OS X before there was OS X.

  5. So, using these figures, combined iPhone/iPod (0.52%) after less than two years has almost reached that of Linux (0.85%). Looks like Desktop Linux should be deemed the alternative that never was. All Apple systems together have now reached the magic 10% level, and Mac alone should reach that level shortly.

  6. I agree with the MDN take that trends are more important than the actual percentages in any one snapshot. There are some interesting trends not noted in the MDN take.

    Vista has only risen to 21.12%. Is Vista also suffering from OS/Browser restricted websites? Or is Vista still not getting widespread acceptance?

    XP lost 9.88 points over the last year. Non-XP-non-Vista Windows lost 2.09 points over the same period. Vista gained 9.15 points. Vista is gaining less share than other Windows versions are losing.

    OS X (PowerPC) lost 0.82 points. OS X (Intel) gained 2.88 points. OS X (Intel) is gaining more share than OS X (PowerPC) is losing.

    OS X (PowerPC) has retained a larger share than all non-XP-non-Vista versions of Windows combined.

    The iPhone is grossly over represented on the net compared to its competitors Windows CE and Blackberry when the number of units in use is considered.

    OS X (Intel Macs, PowerPC Macs, iPhone, iPod Touch) gained the lion’s share (2.41 points) of the share lost by all versions of Windows (2.82 points).

    There is no way to tell how much of the OS X gains are due to an increase in OS X machines in use, and how much is due to an increase in websites used in the survey being OS X compatible. Still, the numbers look positive for OS X and not so positive for Windows. The main drain on Windows seems to be that Vista is not pulling its weight and is not capturing all the users who abandon older versions of Windows.

  7. Apple has the edge right now… When Vista is done, it will be a new game… Windows 7 is been reviewed by many as amazing… Nothing short. With PCs having the best hardware…. Apple has a lot to do to maintain/grow in 2009… Snow will be need to be FAR superior and Apple’s hardware better be killer if it wants to continue the growth… The longer Vista stays in town… The better for Apple. As soon as a new platform from Windows 7 comes… I think otherwise. New battleground. Microsoft is learning from its mistakes… All review sites who tested the beta version say its a massive improvement…. The final stage will be the true test for Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6

  8. Marco
    Windows 7 has had positive reviews BUT not “massive improvements” merely incremental. It is still stuck supporting all the legacy code and crapware that has been sold as Windows compatable for years, Microsoft must keep corporate America happy beause that is its cash cow. No massive changes.Apple, for better or worse, has made massive OS changes in the past and will still do so, which actually hurts its standing with the IT departments of corporate America.

  9. Gerry,

    Check your review sites. You will see several sites saying “Massive Improvement”

    It is gonna be a fierce battle when Windows 7 and Mac OS 10.6 come out… I am excited to see which will be better… I want to see if Mac or Windows go up or down… Time will tell!

    I cant wait till Monday however… I want a new iMac or Mac mini…. 4 more days!!!

  10. “Microsoft is learning from its mistakes.”
    That will be a first, but nice to see.

    “All review sites who tested the beta version say its a massive improvement.”

    From the first page of results of a Google search for “Windows 7” and review:

    “Over the weekend I finally managed to play with the build…. but disappointed.”

    “You can see that Microsoft is aiming to fine tune this release as the case in XP rather than technological advancement as in 2K.”

    “I have seen the future, and it is bleak. Windows 7, the next big version, the one that was supposed to fix everything that was wrong with Vista, is here (at least in pre-beta form), and I can now say – with some confidence – that Microsoft has once again dropped the ball.”

    “When it comes to Windows 7, Microsoft hasn’t just learned from the mistakes of Windows Vista. It has picked up a thing or two from Apple’s OS X, judging by first impressions.”

    “It’s not clear how big the changes are so far. If you put the beta-build of Windows 7 side-by-side with Windows Vista, you’d be hard-pressed to spot the differences. Yes, some of the icons look slightly different and there’s no sidebar, but it’s essentially still the Vista look and feel. But that changes when you start to use Windows 7.
    For a start the OS won’t nag you as much; many notifications are banished to a control panel, you get to approve icons before they show up in the system tray and Microsoft has reined in Vista’s useful but annoying UAC prompts; you can choose which ones you want to see or turn them off altogether.”

    “Initially Windows 7 looks similar to Vista, but there a lot of new features that have been added. Under the skin, Microsoft has been working hard. Boot times have been reduced, and certainly the review laptop Microsoft provided has a fairly snappy boot time.
    Microsoft has been working with OEMs to improve battery life – simple things such as reducing the timer frequency can improve battery life by up to 10 per cent. The networking stack has had new diagnostics added to help users figure out exactly where the problem lies.”

    “So, is this all a big deal? It’s not a change to the fundamental core of Windows, and most of the improvements sound relatively small. But taken together, they seem to address many of the issues people have had for Windows. I’m looking forward to trying it out, starting this afternoon.”

    “We checked out an early beta of Windows 7, and though at this point many features are either missing or works in progress, the improvements to everything from user interface to memory management look highly promising.”

    “Of course, some of the promised features are things that Microsoft has pledged – and failed to deliver – before.”

    “Unfortunately, most of what makes the new Taskbar intriguing isn’t yet ready for beta – let alone prime time. The preview version of Windows 7 has the old-style Taskbar. Still, judging from our brief hands-on time with the new Taskbar, it could make life in Windows more pleasant in meaningful ways that Vista’s splashy effects never did.”

    Not bad, but not overwhelmingly positive. And note that many of the nice things were said about features Microsoft has said it will include but has not actually delivered into reviewers’ hands yet. As one reviewer alluded, Microsoft has a long history of promising the moon and delivering cheese.

  11. In twenty-one minutes you’ve gone from “All review sites who tested the beta version say its a massive improvement,” to “Check your review sites. You will see several sites saying “Massive Improvement.”

    So which is it? “All” or “several”?

  12. @ DogGone, Passerby, et al.

    My PowerBook G4 is still going strong, doing what I need it to do. Why would I want to replace it, especially in this economy?

    Apple builds ’em good. They last longer than WinTrash computers. That’s a mixed blessing for Apple, wonderful for the users.

    Professionally, I have seen companies still using early G3 OS9 Macs. They do what they were bought to do, no problems, so why replace them? Not so fast? The limiting factor in their use is the speed of the person at the keyboard and mouse!

  13. Jury is still out on Macro. This character tends to spread a careful bit of FUD, either intentionally or unintentionally in a lot of his posts. Whenever challenged, he likes to present how many Apple products he owns to justify his criticisms against the company. I have better things to do than debunk some of his ‘objective arguments.’ I’m no police here, nor wish to be, but we’ve seen characters like these in the past, which makes many of us cautious.

    Anyway, here’s a link if anyone’s interested about the trend for the iPhone alone. The interesting bit is the spike from Mid October till December and rising. It’d be fascinating to see the Christmas spike whenever they may make that available.

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