Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

Summary: More number crunching by the good folks at NetMarketShare - Windows 7 surges past Vista, and Mac OS X loses ground for the fourth consecutive month.

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More number crunching by the good folks at NetMarketShare - Windows 7 surges past Vista, and Mac OS X loses ground for the fourth consecutive month.

Windows 7 now commands 14.46% of the market usage share (up from 13.70% in June), compared to Vista's 14.34% (down from 14.68%), the first month that 7 has had a greater usage share than Vista. XP continues to dominate with 61.87% (down from 62.43 in June).

Mac OS X usage share also dropped, down to 5.06% (from 5.16% in July). Windows continues to dominate with a 91.32% usage share, with Linux still grappling with that fist percent, at 0.93%

Net Applications uses data captured from the 160 million unique visitors browsing some 40,000 Web sites it monitors for clients.

Topics: Software, Apple, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • Sorry, been busy with work.

    Next time I have some free time at home, I will be sure to drive those numbers back up for Mac OS X.
    nucrash
    • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

      @nucrash (am talking slow, a mac user present..)
      Microsoft windows is a full server OS. Mac people don't understand that at all. Your OS is freebsd, the worst of the unix clones out there. Linux is much better on all points of measurement than freebsd is. Freebsd is over 30 years old and has not changed a single bit in all that time. It was a yuppie OS created for university students and it has no guts and will never have guts. Linux has guts galore and finally has come real close to one percent of the over all world market and its rising shares will continue because linux os is incredibly powerful and can do both workstations and desktops with ease. It is a fully modern and powerful os that is rapidly catching up to MS.

      That last is a joke. Windows is based on NT core and it was the death of all the unixes out there as well as a pretty damn good mainframe os it is also a great desktop os and that is why the shares for windows is so high. The Mac user will read the 9% not running windows as mac users but that is just the old school server crowd and MS already cleaned their clocks a long time ago and they have the 91% market share that mainframes of old had.

      Windows is not now and has never been a toy os and it does both server and workstation jobs flawlessly.
      progon
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @progon

        " finally has come real close to one percent of the over all world market"

        You keep punchin' kid. You'll break 0.01 eventually, and then, "to the moon, Alice !".
        Jkirk3279
      • You really need to do some research

        @progon : Linux, believe it or not, now has nearly 3%, well over 1% installed base in the US and over 2% world wide. The fact that you are so behind the numbers here merely demonstrates how little you know about UNIX and Linux. Of course, as a result, your entire argument is invalidated since none of your 'facts' is anywhere near accurate.
        Vulpinemac
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @progon Yes, Windows works flawlessly and that is why I spend hours fixing and cleaning up my father's PC.
        prof123
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @prof123

        [i]"Yes, Windows works flawlessly and that is why I spend hours fixing and cleaning up my father's PC."[/i]

        Sounds like you need to make your father a limited user on his computer because I hate to say it but if you have to spend all that time cleaning up his computer then he is doing something he should not be. Windows is not perfect just like every other piece of software on the planet but either you are exaggerating or lying because if the computer is properly used and maintained Windows works very well.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @progon It was a joke, get over yourself before you start your next rant please.
        non-biased
      • Mainframes and super computers...

        @progon Mainframes and super computers are two different things, but I just wanted to point out that 99% of the super computers on this planet run Linux and not Windows. Prior to Linux, nearly all of them ran UNIX.
        olePigeon
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @progon You're right. In the desktop world, Linux is still below 1% and struggling to even maintain that standing. Windows is the top dog for very good reasons and will remain so for a very long time.
        dch48
  • Whats surprising

    Is that XP is tanking faster than Vista is. So much for the Vista sucks movement, right?

    One thing I want to know but can't see anymore is how much iOS is up or down this month, and if those that dropped off the Mac went there.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • It's not "Vista sucks"

      @NStalnecker

      It's Vista suck[b]ed[/b]. And it did out of the gate, but a fully patched Vista works fine today.

      Also somebody who bought a new computer within the last 3 years is much less likely to want to replace it than someone who hasn't replaced their computer in the last 3 years.
      Michael Kelly
      • Recently "rediscovered" Vista

        @Michael Kelly
        Right-on! I built a multi-boot Core2 Quad PC about 3 years ago with XP, Vista Ultimate (both 32 and 64 bit). I didn't much like Vista's GUI changes and nearly always ran the machine in XP. When XP started getting flaky, I started using Vista 32; I still didn't trust Vista 64. When I needed to use the 8GB memory installed in the box, I began to use Vista 64. Now I'm sorry I waited so long to move in. I've had no compatibility problems, the machine is plenty fast, and aside from having to remember to run certain applications as administrator, I don't understand the persistent whining about Vista. It's almost as silly as folks who seem to think Microsoft never got past the failings of Windows 95. I like Window 7 too, but the only obvious thing my Win 7 box does better is boot real fast.
        markdengler
    • iphone numbers

      @NStalnecker
      i have some iphone numbers, but not for ipod touch or ipad:
      http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/08/01/iphone.4.sparks.19pc.boost.in.web.share/
      banned from zdnet
    • Not surprising

      @NStalnecker

      If you think about it, the XP changes reflect an ongoing HW replacement cycle. A lot of HW came preloaded with XP and is now up to almost 10 years old. When the HW dies, it will be replaced by new HW with W7, OSX or Linux, and generally not Vista. XP therefore will decline more rapidly than other OSs.
      Economister
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @Economister
        At a superficial level, yes. But, Vista is nearly four years old. Some people pick up new machines every 3 years, and unless they were on netbooks, they are going to be increasingly swapping Vista for Windows 7.

        I also think, as compared to ten years ago, pcs have a longer effective life. What's the difference between corporate pc owners and private? I think a lot of XP machines in the corporate world will be decommissioned next year, but I also think that consumers will hold onto their XP computers until the day that the cost to fix exceeds the 6-700 dollars to replace.

        What's the failure distribution curve for a pc? How many years does it take to hit 80% decommissioned? It isn't 3 years. 5? 7? 10?
        DannyO_0x98
    • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

      @NStalnecker
      I'm not surprise by it. You have to consider that vista machines are younger than xp machines. Those XP owners have been waiting to upgrade but holding off. While the vista users haven't really reached the point where they are thinking about upgrade. The hardcore users would have upgraded but the casual user probably don't want to deal with it or don't even know there is a windows 7.
      rengek
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @rengek : Most typical users heard about Windows 7. Between TV and other ads, word of mouth, etc. Problem is that they may not want to spend $100+ for an upgrade.

        A good chunk of the XP users probably also have pirated copies. Win 7 is harder to pirate.
        Gis Bun
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @rengek : Most of them don't even know what Windows is - they purchase a machine, they fire up Office and that is all there is to it. If it allows them to get from (A) to (B) to (C) you tend to find that they don't care how it all happens under the hood - and some would argue why should they care? after all, they're end users who shouldn't need to worry about that stuff.<br><br>Windows Vista is a case of over promising, under delivering and having an aim for something that was too big and never deliverable. What they should have focused on was getting WDDM out the door along with accelerated GDI, maybe a few extra frameworks tidy up some stuff under the hood but sort the rest out in later editions. They won't make the same mistake again, the new guy in charge of Windows 7 development is doing an awesome job - keeping the team focused and the goals realistic rather than pie in the sky airy dreams that'll meet the light of day.
        Macintoshtoffy
    • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

      @NStalnecker : Errrrr. Considering the number of XP installations versus Vista, you'd expect a faster XP .

      Too bad they don't split up the various Mac OSs instead. Some would be lower than Linux.
      Gis Bun
      • RE: Windows 7 up, Mac OS X down

        @Gis Bun

        "Too bad they don't split up the various Mac OSs instead. Some would be lower than Linux."

        OS 7 for sure.
        Jkirk3279