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 moleskine on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 18:10 UTC
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Darkmage above makes some very good points.

I'm wary of surveys like these as predictors. I think they say more about where we are right now. It might throw more light on where we may be in the future if a survey tracked hardware rather than OS usage. What's been noticeble in the past couple of years is the growth of laptops at the expense of conventional desktops, the sudden growth of netbooks, and the growth of smartphones on the web. If - a big if - these new developments in hardware presage the future, then the OS that will do best is the OS or OSes that do best on them. Joker in the pack not mentioned in this survey: Android and any forthcoming Google web/files appliance.

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