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Mac's web share sees rare drop in November

updated 10:05 am EST, Tue December 1, 2009

Mac down slightly as Windows 7 comes in

Mac web usage saw an uncharacteristic drop in November that may be owed partly to Windows 7, new data from NetApplications shows. Windows 7's first full month of availability saw its share nearly double to 3.98 percent of Internet traffic and contributed to a rare fall in the Mac's share, which fell 0.16 percent across all versions. The data also reveals that many users had skipped Vista entirely, as Windows XP lost 1.45 percent of absolute share in the Windows 7 switchover while Vista only lost 0.23 percent.

In contrast, Linux regained some of the web share it had lost in several months and reached an exact 1 percent.

A direct explanation for the Mac's apparent loss isn't given, though as it represents web share and not absolute market share it can be impacted by factors outside of actual computer purchases. Mac use historically experiences a spike in December as users spend more time at home with Apple systems and can sometimes dip when people are most likely to be at work with Windows PCs. Also, Mac owners themselves can contribute to Windows share as they install and run a new Microsoft OS in virtual machines or Boot Camp for the first time.

In web browsers, Microsoft still faced sharp declines and dropped more than 1 percent of Internet Explorer's share to reach 63.61 percent, again its lowest ever, while Firefox now has nearly a quarter of the market, having jumped to 24.74 percent. Safari declined very slightly to 4.36 percent, but Chrome has gained almost half a point to 3.92 percent while even Opera made significant strides to reach 2.31 percent.

By Electronista Staff


  1. dliup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006


    Drivers, wait, driver, install, reboot, drivers...

    Windows 7 people are searching and downloading numerous drivers required for their devices.

  1. DeezNutts

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    Joined: Apr 2008


    Re previous comments

    That would indicate a large percentage of people are upgrading cause new machines with Windows 7 installed are going to have drivers already present.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    BT searches

    searching for downloads and serial numbers.

  1. Salty

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    Joined: Jul 2005


    comment title

    That was my theory, upgraded people, even just pirates searching for new software to reload back onto their machines.

  1. zelrik

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    Joined: Oct 2009


    comment title

    Net Application is not reliable, here is why :

    92.52 + 5.11 + 1.00 + 0.46 + 0.36 + 0.19 + 0.24 = 99.88 +- 0.07

    where 0.07 is the rounding error. This number is not consistent with 100%. So obviously, Net Applications dont have a clue about statistics. I am sure I can do better on the back of an envelope.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: zelrik

    Or you have no clue about statistics. And I'm sure if it did add up to exactly 100%, you'd point out that there's no way, with rounding and statistical margin of error, there'd be no chance that it could add up to 100%.

    And I'm also sure you'd be slamming their statistics if Apple showed an increase in web traffic as well, since their statistics are not trustworthy.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Drivers

    And I'm sure the Mac wasn't over-populated in September and October with people trying to find solutions and drivers after installing Snow Leopard on their machines...

    And maybe you all don't remember they changed their data gathering to go by unique users, not just how many times the same people hit a web site or something.

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