Interesting bits from Net Application's market share report

Interesting bits from Net Application's market share report

Summary: After the online hits in the final hours of 2008 were counted, Web analytics vendor Net Applications revealed its preliminary data. The Mac and Safari were gainers, albeit with some caveats. However, there were some other interesting figures in the lists.

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Interesting bits from Net Application’s market share reportAfter the online hits in the final hours of 2008 were counted, Web analytics vendor Net Applications revealed its preliminary data. The Mac and Safari were gainers, albeit with some caveats. However, there were some other interesting figures in the lists.

In the system market share report, MacIntel result for December was 7.19 percent, a 79 percent gain from a year ago. The Windows Vista share was 21.12 percent, almost double the figure from a year ago. Still, 65 percent of PC users are running Windows XP.

I was surprised by the slight gains in Mac OS systems in the report, which represents older PowerPC-based Macs. The figures gradually declined for most of the year through October, however starting in November, its share ticked upwards.

I take this to mean that with the problems in the economy, older PowerPC Macs are being passed around families and communities and are now showing up in the online stats.

Both Apple Safari and Google's Chrome browsers showed gains, 7.93 and 1.04 percent, respectively.  Here's a graph that shows the iPhone G3 introduction bump as well as the continuing climb in the fall.

However, according to a note from Net Applications, the December numbers are influenced by the holiday season:

The December holiday season strongly favored residential over business usage. This in turn increases the relative usage share of Mac, Firefox, Safari and other products that have relatively high residential usage.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware

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  • Mac OS went up...

    ...for the same reason that Mac Intel did - more private usage. There's a slight uptick in December 2007 too.
    Sleeper Service
  • RE: Interesting bits from Net Application's market share report

    Why is Linux marketshare so low? Linux is free
    and runs Firefox, Adobe Flash, and OpenOffice.
    Dell and Lenovo sell pre-installed Linux. With all
    the buzz about Ubuntu, Fedora and SUSE desktop
    where all the Linux desktop masses?
    richard@...
    • They can't count.

      Ubuntu alone represents 0.85%. The 12 or so million Linux netbooks represent 1.2% nominally (upper estimates have max 1B internet connected machines). You have to look at the source. It is a unique opt-in IIS only collection of stats where 65% of all measurements are click-driven revenue. This means that anyone using AdBlock or NoScript on any platform will never be measured. Hence both Linux and FF are always low. 10% lower for FF compared to other stat sites.

      It also is very North America centric, and of course, I would expect millions of the opt-in sites require IE for "full featured effect".

      The best you can deduce are trends (of course, excluding all the ways they are shewing results). Outside of North America (Asia certainly, where 75% of all developers develop on Open Source) I would probably peg Linux usage as 5-6%. Maybe higher in various regions, still very low in North America.

      2 years ago, Suse estimated a total of 35M Linux users worldwide, which was 3.5%. Somehow, Net Applications just can't seem to measure any of these folks or the new users since or the millions of new netbooks. :D

      TripleII
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      • If net applications are so far off

        why does Mozilla use it to measure and report Fx usage?

        If it was as bad as you're making out, why wouldn't they quote a more favorable site?
        rtk
        • It is unknowable.

          Nobody can state whether net applications is measuring reality or incredibly biased. Over the last 6 months, however, digging on my part has determined that NOT ONE SINGLE opt-in site runs non IIS software. 65% of ALL MEASUREMENTS are revenue click driven referrals. You can read more here, but as myself and many others keep pointing out, Net Applications could honestly be making this up 100% by the seat of their pants and nobody could challenge it, their methodology is completely opaque.

          http://mostly-linux.blogspot.com/2008/07/why-is-net-applications-gold-standard.html

          All that aside, I do wish Google or another entity WOULD start accurately measuring these things, and not only include IIS sites, measure everyone, not just referrals and not only 90%+ US only sites.

          TripleII
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  • That could very well be true

    and there is nothing wrong with that.

    As more and more people get online to use email and surf the internet, retasking older Macs makes perfect sense for this. Not everyone needs to run applications on their machines beyond a few basic ones, I would imagine.
    GuidingLight
  • RE: Interesting bits from Net Application's market share report

    The net application figures reflect families like mine. No
    matter what the economy, I'm going to use my Powerbook G4
    until it is no longer useful. I can't justify a 2k expenditure
    just to keep up with Apple. We still utilize an early eMac at
    home. I use Apple products because they keep their
    usefulness for six years or more.
    PFFXV