Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Dec 2008 23:47 UTC, submitted by shaneco
Microsoft The month of December has already been unkind to Microsoft. The software giant's Windows operating system and its Internet Explorer browser saw significant market share drops reported on back-to-back days. Not only was the November percentage drop for Windows the biggest in two years, but Windows market share dipped below a number where it has historically held tight: 90 percent. According to Web metrics company, Net Applications, Windows market share as of Dec. 1 is 89.6 percent. Meanwhile, Mac OS X posted its largest gain in two years, with 8.9 percent market share at the end of November.
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RE[3]: Woo-hoo!!! ;-)
by darknexus on Thu 4th Dec 2008 17:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Woo-hoo!!! ;-)"
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And do you think that, once OS X or Linux become a contender to Windows, that you won't be facing viruses and spyware? Yes, OS X and Linux are pretty secure in some areas just by design. But they're certainly not immune and, once they have become "big enough" as far as marketshare and the amount of users, malware will target them just as much as it does Windows. It may not be as easy to write certain types of malicious software, but eventually you will face it on whatever the dominant platform, or platforms, are. At the moment, Windows is the biggest target because they will hit the most amount of users. OS X trojans are already appearing, though they're not a danger to anyone with a little common sense as they have to be installed by an account with administrator privileges. They can't just suddenly take over, but OS X is already getting attention, even if only a little. Malware won't go away, eve if Windows eventually does.

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