Windows 7 and Mac OS X gaining marketshare

Posted on Monday, Feb 02 2009 @ 21:14 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
CNET sifted through the latest operating system market share data from Net Applications and reports Mac OS X is now hovering around the 10 percent mark while Windows stands at 88.26 percent. Linux takes the third place with a marketshare of 0.83 percent, not even the double of the iPhone's 0.48 percent share of the pie.

Another interesting fact is the adoption of Windows 7, the marketshare of this beta operating system climbed to 0.23 percent by the end of January, up from 0.04 percent before the public beta was released.
The beta became available January 10 (though not without some stumbling), up to which point Windows 7 stood at about 0.04 percent. Through most of the rest of the month, it fluctuated at between roughly 0.12 percent and 0.15 percent. It closed out the month with a jump to 0.23 percent on January 31, according to Net Applications' breakout on Windows 7.

That January 31 jump may have come from people who still thought that would be the last day to get the beta. But about a week ago, Microsoft extended the window for the downloads, saying the Windows 7 beta is available through February 10.
However, despite the popularity of the Windows 7 beta, Microsoft continued to lose marketshare. The total share of Windows dipped from 88.68 percent in December to 88.26 percent in January.

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