Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:00 UTC
In the News Since it's nigh on impossible to produce accurate figures of operating system usage, we have to make do with figures that provide a rough estimate, at best. One such set of statistics are the figures from Net Applications, which tracks the 160 million monthly visitors to its hosted websites. The latest figures from January 2009 have been published, and they show that the rise of Mac OS X continues, as well as that of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 did quite well too.
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by Beta on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:11 UTC
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‘As always, these figures come with a lot of ifs and buts, so take them with a grain of salt. Still, some figures are better than no figures at all.’

Soo, you can’t prove any wins, or loses, yet you’ll report news about it anyway?

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RE: OSspeculation
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:23 in reply to "OSspeculation"
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Soo, you can’t prove any wins, or loses, yet you’ll report news about it anyway?

That's not what I said. Statistics are aALWAYS debatable, but that doesn't mean they don't provide an insight. These figures clearly show that the general trend - the growth of Mac OS X/iPhone at the cost of others - continues even after the holiday season. Even when numbers have an error margin, they can still be useful.

But sir, if you want us to only report on matters that are 100% accurate, well, be my guest - it will mean I have a lot more free time on my hands, because I think in that case OSNews would only be able to post 1 or 2 items per month - at best.

Edited 2009-02-02 13:24 UTC

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RE[2]: OSspeculation - iPhone growth
by jabbotts on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:44 in reply to "RE: OSspeculation"
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The iPhone growing in the mobile phone market would be fairly accurate. It's the hot sexy toy that all other mobile phones are benchmarked against right now. That doesn't relate to the rest of the market shares unless we can determine how the overall market has grown at the same time though.

The other problem is that it does not measure use; only retail success. retail and marketing success measures the companies ability to spin and spend money neglecting the actual product's qualities and application. Windows is not technically the best OS available nor is it applicable to many of the places it's used but we can agree that Microsoft is an increadable marketing and business strategy machine based on results from shady deals and "mind share".

I am grateful for the deluge of OS related articles on the site though. My pessimism is just expecting this to be the usual "I like blue" vs "I like red" arguments between posters.

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RE[2]: OSspeculation
by cyclops on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 20:15 in reply to "RE: OSspeculation"
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[These figures clearly show that the general trend

You take a trend from a month not a year. Without accounting for seasonal changes etc etc

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