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Arrow Mac OS X Hits Record Marketshare, Continues to Chip at Windows Lead

Windows may be king, but Apple is trying to out-tortoise the hare.

Apple’s OS X comes nowhere near Windows in market share, but the reality is, throughout the last couple years OS X has slowly been gaining traction. It still has many more years to go at this rate before ever evening the OS race, but this does not detract from the fact that it is making progress, largely at Microsoft's expense.

According to Net Applications, a market research firm that profiles OS market share, between December and January OS X jumped from 7.31% market share, to a 7.57% market share, a large gain for one month. Windows fell from 91.79 to 91.46, down -0.36%. To put this in context if this pace was maintained, purely in terms of a numerical reduction or in terms of relative percent reduction the two OS's wouldn't break even until 2019.

Still Microsoft has to be a bit concerned about how it is slowly bleeding market share to OS X. The total gain for OS X in 2007, according to the study was 21.7%.

The makers of the study were impressed by Apple's gains, particularly during the holiday season, saying in the study, "Apple’s market share gains in December for the Mac and iPhone are impressive; however, for the last days of December, the numbers are nothing short of spectacular."


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