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 TBPrince on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 16:20 UTC
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Well, I wouldn't say this is an indication of operation system market share... rather it can be considered a statistics about Internet-connected operation systems. Not very indicative but fairly informative as 160 millions users is quite a good number.

Unfortunately, this doesn't account for lots of never-connected or quite-rarely-connected systems which won't show up in such list.

Also, it would be better to have more information about geographic location and market targets. For example, 9.something % is a good number for OS X if measured globally, not-so-exciting if measured for US market as we all know OS X is by far more relevant in US market than it is in other markets.

Same consideration can be done for Linux, which is known to be more relevant in areas outside US than it is in US itself.

Taken as aggregate and without more information, it's hard to get a trend out of those numbers. Nothing new under the sun, I'd say...

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