Net Applications: Apple’s Mac OS X posts record gain as Windows XP continues to slide

“On the heels of yesterday’s launch of Windows 8’s preview, new statistics show that Microsoft’s decade-old Windows XP again plummeted in usage share and will be surpassed by Windows 7 in June,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“According to Internet metrics firm Net Applications, Windows XP lost 1.8 percentage points last month to drop to a 45.4% share,” Keizer reports. “Meanwhile, Windows 7 continued its charge, gaining 1.7 percentage points to end February with 38.1% of the desktop operating system usage share.”

Keizer reports, “Apple’s Mac OS X gained ground in February, growing its share by more than half a percentage point and ending the month with 6.9% of the usage market. It was the Mac operating system’s biggest one-month increase in Net Applications’ tracking history, and put Apple within spitting distance of its October 2011 record amount of usage share. Windows overall share receded slightly to 91.9%, the fourth straight month that the operating system has grown share, stayed flat or lost less than two-tenths of a percentage point.”

Amongst Macs, OS X 10.7, aka Lion, again boosted its share; in February, the mid-2011 edition accounted for 38.9% of all Apple desktop operating systems in use. Snow Leopard, or OS X 10.6, retained its lead over Lion, however. The 2009 version powered 43.4% of all Mac desktops and notebooks.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, soon it’ll be time for Net Applications to “revise” their methodology again. We can’t wait for “Double Secret Country Level Weighting.”

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Net Applications institutes ‘Country Level Weighting,’ cuts Apple’s Mac ‘market share’ in half – August 2, 2009
Net Applications’ Browser and Operating System market share stats ‘under review’ for June – July 6, 2009


  1. …and in slightly related news, Ed “The Ditzky” Zabitzky just said on CNBC that AAPL is a sell. I tell ya’ I want some o’ what he’s drinkin’…

    1. The funny thing is that he bases his opinion on the notion that web apps and HTML5 will somehow hurt Apple. He doesn’t seem to realize that Apple is a huge supporter of HTML5, and web apps were what Apple was pushing back in 2007 to 2008, before stand-alone apps. I just wish someone who knows a little something would at least ask him what makes Apple weak on web apps an HTML5.

      Oh, and the CNBC gang were being a little harsh on Zabitsky. They acted as if he were delusional without saying, “are you delusional”?

  2. I find these stats interesting since even at work Windows is rapidly receding and almost no one I know has it at home. They must be counting every factory floor, kiosk, and ATM (if they run Windows) in the world.

    1. I keep a Pismo running OS 9 for my clients who drag in old PageMaker and Quark files. I continue to be amazed that my 11 year old Pismo runs like a charm so long after it was discontinued.

  3. What this tells me is that a significant percentage of Apple users are reluctant to upgrade to Lion.

    It could be due to the loss in speed, or the iOS-ification of the Mac OS. Or perhaps Snow Leopard was so well-done, there is little to compel users to upgrade to Lion

    1. I have upgraded within the first week of every OS upgrade except Lion. SL is an exceptional OS but the real reason comes down to one word: Canvas. If you A*holes at ACD are reading this, you should look at the graphs qka above mentions and start worrying whether your business is going to last much longer.

      1. The outrage perpetrated by that company on Mac Canvas users was exceeded in contemptuousness only by the hijacking and marooning, by SPSS, of Systat, and in brutality only by the kidnapping and murder, by Microsoft, of FoxBase.

  4. I always wonder what the consumer OS market share numbers are. The usual market share numbers we hear include all the countless Windows machines on each and every desk in each and every office. If we just look at computers in people’s homes, I think we’d see OS X a lot closer to Windows’ numbers.


    1. We know this already. An interesting quirk right after the massive layoffs in late 2008/early 2009 was that the percentage of Macs hitting websites suddenly spiked upward while Windows dropped. Not because everyone was buying Macs after being laid off, but because they were browsing on their Macs at home, not WinPCs at their former work.

  5. This disparity is truly remarkable. The majority of Windows market share is still held by Windows XP — an operating system that came out when Apple was still preinstalling System 9 on all of their Macs (XP came in Aug 01, OS X became default on Macs in Jan 02).

    Meanwhile, System 9 is essentially nowhere to be seen, and the vast majority of Macs are running an OS no more than 3 years old. There should be no surprise that MS stock has been flat since the release of XP, as it truly represents the state of their Windows…

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