updated 11:20 am EST, Mon November 3, 2008
Vista up, Mac down in brow
Windows' online presence increased during the month of October at the expense of the Mac, new figures from Net Applications indicate. In tracking the prevalence of operating systems online, the company has determined that Windows' marketshare rose 0.19 percent to hit 90.46 in October, as a result of a 5.24 percent increase in the use of Windows Vista. Mac OS X's share in fact fell 0.24 percent during the month to reach 8.21, and while iPhone usage has continued growth and sits at 0.33 percent, the rate of expansion dropped to 3.12 percent versus the 6.67 percent achieved in September.
The ascension of Windows also appears to have impacted Linux, which slid a substantial 22 percent in October, despite the existence of Linux-based netbooks.
Fortune observes that the statistics do not necessarily reflect computer sales, as Mac shipments rose 21 percent worldwide in the last quarter, and roughly 30 percent within the US. More critically, the data produced by Net Applications only reflects the number of visits from a particular OS, which can be disproportionately weighted by factors like social trends.