Apple’s Mac share grew after Microsoft’s Windows 7ista debut

“If Microsoft was hoping that the launch of Windows 7 would halt the erosion of its operating system market share — and curb further inroads by Apple — there is no evidence that it’s working yet,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“In fact, preliminary data released overnight Sunday by Net Applications show Mac OS X’s Internet share growing by 2.73% in October, from 5.12% to 5.26%,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

“Windows’ Internet presence, meanwhile, fell from 92.77% to 92.54% — its ninth loss in 12 months. Windows 7’s share, however, was more than 2% even before its Oct. 22 general release, thanks to widespread use of early release versions,” Elmer-DeWitt reports. “By Oct. 30 the Windows 7 portion was 2.85%, largely at the expense of Windows XP, according to a separate Net Applications report.”

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  1. So, 70.2% of the Windows 7 users are using the “early release versions” of that turd. Did they have to pay for those? I hope not!

    The real question is how did the get those old XP users to hold their noses and maybe buy that thing? Or did someone give them a free copy? Or is that what came on the new PC that they were given when their old XP PC failed? Or are they running Windows 7 on their NEW Mac!

    How much of that 29.8% are really running it on their Macs?

  2. Elmer-DeWitt says: “… from 5.12% to 5.26%” and we are supposed to get all excited? That much growth in Market Share – and, really, how are they measuring it that precisely? – in a month amounts to maybe a 2% expansion in a year?
    But, again, how could they measure it that precisely? Last quarter we had the two organizations who claim to be monitoring such things arguing about the numbers, offering significantly different guesstimates, and both were low.
    I’m glad they are saying positive things, but suspect they are making the numbers up. 5%? In the WORLD, maybe. And that makes it even HARDER to count.

  3. One more thing … What’s running the remaining 2% of the computers? Linux? A worthy OS, I’m sure, but where is it in the market? Mostly in the Server Room, along with Solaris, AIX and HP-UX – what’s left of them. Those systems do a lot of hard work, but there are not-so-many of them. Not compared to the desktops and laptops (and netbooks?)

  4. The decrease in Windows internet use doesn’t mean that they have switched to a Mac.

    It could mean that there are a lot of 7ista upgraders, who can no longer access the internet, while they are on phone hold with MS support.

  5. I am sure MS will show a healthy growth for Windows 7 at the expense of XP. Most Windows PCs are on a 3 to 4-year refresh cycle, so virtually all of the hardware that is due for replacement will be running XP, and the new ones will come with OEM version of 7. Obviously, since it is impossible to buy a new PC with XP today (and nobody in their sane mind will buy it with Vista), every new PC sold will be with 7. So, MS will show much faster growth of 7 than it did for Vista (where half of the people chose to buy XP instead).

    This would be enough information for Wall Street to proclaim that 7 is a massive success (and consequently boost MSFT). Ultimately, however, people will begin noticing (possibly already in January, when Apple reports their Q1/2010 earnings) that the switch continues and Mac OS share didn’t stop growing with the release of 7.

    This is about the only pertinent part for us. Apple has PLENTY of room to grow, even in the developed world (that has enough money for Apple’s hardware).

  6. @DLMeyer

    Linux has actually come a long way, Ubuntu and others are now every user friendly and only require command-line for odd situations (odd bit of hardware, etc).

    Give a try to an Ubuntu Live CD sometime, it’ll only cost you some download time and a CDR and you may be surprised at how far it’s come.

    So saying, I like my Mac more. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. What amazes me is that there has not been more consolidation in the PC desktop-laptop-netbook markets during this recession. Why can’t ASUS and Lenovo gain enough ground in the server market to put Dell and HP under water? How does Dell manage to continue to burn through as much capital as they have over the last couple of years, given what Michael Dell used to say about Apple returning assets to the stockholders?

  8. Better get new batteries for your calculator, germie.

    Moving from 5.12% to 5.26% isn’t .14% growth, it’s 2.7%.

    As the article stated. And about 19 times more than your claim.

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