updated 02:45 pm EDT, Mon August 3, 2009
Mac market share reduced
Net Applications has revised its web share reports to improve the accuracy of its findings, although the adjustments have drastically changed the data, according to Fortune. Despite a report issued late last year that showed Mac web share growing to 8.9 percent, the latest report for July has reduced the number down to 4.9 percent.
Windows gained approximately 6 points from 87.8 percent with the old data to 93.2 percent with the latest findings. The iPod touch, which was featured in a special report for climbing the old list, has now been removed. The iPhone also took a dive, falling from 0.6 percent to 0.25 percent.
Net Research tracks the operating systems of visitors to its client websites and provides a comparison of the popularity for each platform. The drastic changes come as a result of the regional weight of data, which previously over-represented hits from the U.S. The new methods give more weight to countries with large populations of Internet users, such as Asian markets, that are not well represented by Net Research clients.
The significant reduction of Mac share is attributed to its disproportionately high share in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world. The new methods were applied retroactively, enabling a comparison to the previous charts. Dropping Mac to below 5 percent effectively places its web share to levels Net Applications first reported in 2006.