Apple, Mozilla gain ground on Microsoft for Web traffic

Apple, Mozilla gain ground on Microsoft for Web traffic

Summary: When it comes to surfing the Web, a growing number of people used Macs, instead of a Windows computer, as well as browsers other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the month of November.According to a survey by NetApplications reported on Fortune's Apple 2.

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When it comes to surfing the Web, a growing number of people used Macs, instead of a Windows computer, as well as browsers other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the month of November.

According to a survey by NetApplications reported on Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog, the number of people accessing the Internet via a Windows PC has dropped below the 90 percent mark, while Mac users have climbed to nearly 9 percent. At the same time, access via Mozilla's Firefox browser - which grew to more than 20 percent - caused the number of users accessing via IE to drop below 70 percent.

net app chartNetApplications tracks some 40,000 web sites within its network to determine how users accessed those sites. A company spokesman said the results are slightly skewed because they are weighted more heavily on usage in North America and Europe but said the findings are determined by a strong sampling of sites that range from news to e-commerce.

In addition, the "market share" figures that the company reports are not measured in the traditional sense based on sales or revenue, but does offer a consistent look at measuring trends based on browser or operating system usage.

Google's Chrome browser also saw a big percentage jump - more than 12 percent - but still had only a tiny piece of the pie, given that it's only been offered for a short time. Also gaining ground was Apple's iPhone, which has offered its users an alternative way to access the Web.

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  • Other figures of note...

    Windows XP 66.31%
    Windows Vista 20.45%
    MacIntel 6.51%
    Mac OS 2.35%
    Windows 2000 1.56%
    Linux 0.83%
    Windows NT 0.77%

    Nice to put things in perspective, eh? :)
    Sleeper Service
    • RE: Other figures of note...

      Nicely put.
      That's the order of the virus/malware/spyware/botnet infections.


      Nice to put things in perspective, eh? :)
      n0neXn0ne
      • So you're saying that Linux is worse at security

        than Windows NT? >>;
        Michael Alan Goff
    • It does

      Shows windows alternatives have excellent growth potential as windows continues to slide:-)
      Richard Flude
      • I would not be suprised to see Windows start sliding like IE, say 1% per

        month. There is less reason every day to use Windows.
        DonnieBoy
        • Nah

          Most of the people who use Windows XP will not be buying Linux boxes when they need new computers. I also can't see most people shelling out 1k+ so they can install Windows as a partition anyway.
          Michael Alan Goff
    • WOW

      OMG with all the strong arm tactics Vista is only at 20%?! Now that I think about it it makes sense though. The vast Majority of PC's are business PC's. Maybe one day Microsoft will understand that businesses are not interested in bloatware and lying about it's specs.
      Breetai
      • Strong arm tactics?

        I think somebody forgot their meds. XD
        Michael Alan Goff
  • Interesting that Windows is slowly losing market share.

    If that keeps up, Windows could drop below 80% in a year.
    DonnieBoy
    • Doubt it.

      N/T
      Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: Apple, Mozilla gain ground on Microsoft for Web traffic

    Hahahahahahahahahaha. DonnieBoy, you should be a comedian. All of my family members and friends bought Windows machines this year. Microsoft won't hit 80% market share unless Apple starts giving their products away for free!
    NicoToscani
    • Careful what you say

      Just because you don't see the shift from
      Windows doesn't mean it isn't happening. I see
      more and more companies further exploring
      options that don't involve MS, which include Linux
      as well. If things keep going the way they are,
      80% percent will be the best MS can hope for in
      the coming years.
      Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
    • They said the same about IE, but, IE is now down to 70%, and Windows is

      starting to slide every so slowly, but it has started.
      DonnieBoy
    • RE: Apple, Mozilla gain ground on Microsoft for Web traffic

      [i]DonnieBoy, you should be a comedian. All of my family members and friends bought Windows machines this year. Microsoft won't hit 80% market share unless Apple starts giving their products away for free![/i]

      O gosh! You mean all three or four of your friends bought Winbloze machines this year!?

      Gee, Apple has a lot to worry about now! Yes sir!

      Hahahahahahahahahaha... :D
      hasta la Vista, bah-bie
      • When we're going for good laughs

        I look at the OSX marketshare in comparison to the "failure" of Vista. =D
        Michael Alan Goff
  • The Windows market share data is misleading...

    PC purchasing trends in the US don't actually represent global trends, so a rise in the market share of Macs in the US doesn't automatically mean that Windows is losing market share globally.

    The US PC market used to account for 25% of the global PC user base 10 years ago; now it makes up less than 15%. So. as the emerging markets fuel new PC sales, M$ will be able to eventually compensate for the loss of US customers. Furthermore, M$ makes most of its money from enterprise sales, so the issue of Macs taking over US market share is only going to impact their image rather than their finances.
    eMJayy
    • Well, any way you look at it, MS is slowly losing market share in the US

      and Europe. And, in the developing world, the losses will likely be to Linux rather than OSX.
      DonnieBoy
      • You like that word

        "likely".
        Michael Alan Goff
  • Bad Numbers

    My computer lies reporting my browser and OS.
    Does not matter while I'm immune to any malware so far written.
    No, I don't bother with AV. Yes, I am likely to click on anything,
    I wish Windows were even less pervasive, even if my spam trap is at a fifth the volume it was a month ago.
    epcraig
    • "I don't have a virus"

      "I don't bother with an AV"

      How do you know?
      Michael Alan Goff