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Free upgrades pay off for Apple and Microsoft in November

Latest worldwide usage figures for PC/Mac operating systems and browsers show little change in November, a traditionally slow month. But a close look at the numbers shows that the free Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks upgrades were a hit.

December 1, 2013

Windows 8.1 surges in usage as XP continues to drop

The latest web usage numbers from NetMarketShare for October show that free is the key to success. Microsoft's Windows 8.1 and Apple's new OS X Mavericks, both released as free updates, found their way onto a significant number of PCs for the month.

November 1, 2013

First real-world usage figures suggest Chromebooks are struggling

When the initial batch of Chromebooks hit the market nearly two years ago, some thought these low-cost devices running Google's cloud-centric Chrome OS could be a Windows killer. NetMarketShare just started measuring Chromebook usage this month, and the first reported numbers are startlingly low.

April 16, 2013

Latest OS share data shows Windows still dominating in PCs

The latest monthly OS share numbers from NetMarketShare show few surprises. XP continues to slide, Windows 8 is very slowly gaining traction, and Microsoft still dominates usage in the declining market for traditional PCs. But the numbers show a few unexpected trends.

April 1, 2013

Memory improvements coming to Firefox 7

Firefox 5 might just be out of the gate, but Mozilla is working hard on improvements for Firefox 7. One of those improvements is the way that Firefox handles memory usage.

July 6, 2011

Mozilla aims to reduce Firefox memory usage

Firefox creator Mozilla will focus on reducing the memory footprint of the browser through a dedicated MemShrink team, according to comments posted online by one of the developers.The organisation started the dedicated MemShrink effort in response to concerns from consumers over the growing memory demands of the browser.

June 13, 2011 by

Yes, some 2008 MacBooks and MBPs can address 8GB of memory

Storage and upgrade vendor Other World Computing took another look at the memory limits in some late 2008 Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pros and found that a specific blend of updated firmware, Boot ROM and OS versions will let the notebooks handle a 8GB RAM upgrade.

March 5, 2011

Mac solid-state TRIM support to arrive in Mac OS X Lion

According to reports, support for the TRIM command used by modern solid-state drives (SSD) will arrive with the release of Mac OS X Lion, aka Mac OS X Version 10.7. The software improves the write performance of the flash memory and can also reduce wear on the memory cells.

February 26, 2011

Mac OS usage share in decline

When I look through NetMarketShare's monthly reports of web usages, rather than concentrate on the numbers, I tend to look at the overall trends. The numbers are susceptible to all kinds of influences and anomalies, and I don't have the time, energy or aptitude to apply statistical rigor to any analysis. Also, quite often you're dealing with fractions of percentages. Trends are more reliable, and one trend that I've noticed is the declining Mac OS market share.

September 1, 2010 by

iOS usage surpasses Linux - by a whisker

The Linux OS has spent years scrabbling to claim a 1% usage share, and ultimately never managing to hold onto it, data by web metrics firm NetMarketShare shows that take Apple's iOS platform has breezed past it to the number three spot in the operating systems league table.

September 1, 2010 by

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

The BlackBerry Curve 3G is not a big advance. The screen resolution could be better, and we'd appreciate more internal memory. It brings the Curve range up to date, but would have more impact with BlackBerry OS 6 preinstalled.

August 27, 2010 by

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