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October's usage statistics saw Apple gain marketshare despite the release of Windows 7, according to Net Applications.  (Source: Net Applications)
In latest market research studies, Windows saw its market share slide ever-so-slightly in October, while Apple's gains continue

Did Windows 7's big release slow down Apple's Mac sales?  Not so, says new information from market researchers Net Applications.

Hot off a terrific quarter, there's high expectations on Apple to post terrific growth.  Thus it made many of Apple's investors and fans nervous to see a well-received Windows 7 launch October 22 and potentially knocking down Apple's own new fledgling OS, Snow Leopard.

As it turns out, instead Apple inched a bit higher for the month.  Perhaps swayed by Apple's latest anti-Windows 7 ads, or the deluge of Windows 7 PCs that come with a surplus of junkware, Apple's marketshare rose from 5.12 percent to 5.26 percent, a marketshare gain of 2.73 percent.  While seemingly insignificant, it's slow growth, in the face of adversity, like this that has boosted Apple over the course of recent years to a small but meaningful marketshare.  Apple's gains also were likely helped by the release of redesigned iMacs and MacBooks, released on October 20.

Meanwhile, Windows 7 was not enough to prevent Windows from sustaining its ninth straight month of marketshare losses.  It however lost very little marketshare, sliding a mere 0.23 percent, down to 92.54 percent from 92.77 percent.  According to the report, Windows 7 had gained a 2.85 percent beachhead, which apparently was the result of Windows XP users upgrading, as XP use slid correspondingly.

While Windows enjoys a giant lead over OS X, the lead in the next generation war remains seemingly smaller.  Windows has a 2.85 percent marketshare, while Apple's OS X 10.6 currently has a 1.16 percent market, a comparison that's certain to delight Apple enthusiasts.

While the data from Net Applications is certainly interesting, it does need to be taken with a grain of salt.  Net Applications does not directly estimate hardware sales, rather it determines operating system usage based on data mining at its member sites which services over 160 million customers a month.  Thus its metrics can be slightly off and can also favor devices that are typically used to internet browse more, like the iPhone, which currently boasts an abnormally high 0.35 percent marketshare.

In day by day tracking, Windows 7 just recently cracked 3 percent marketshare, according to Net Applications.

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Attention media....
By Motoman on 11/4/2009 11:06:28 AM , Rating: 3
...Apple has ~4% of the market. Give them ~4% of the coverage...

RE: Attention media....
By Pirks on 11/4/2009 12:27:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yah! I wanna read only Toyota Yaris reviews, stop printing all your stupid 100 page thick supercar review magazines, their market share is too low for that!

Vogue should be shut down too, too much coverage of those boutiques nobody goes to :P

RE: Attention media....
By Alexstarfire on 11/4/2009 5:42:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's actually quite different from the way Apple gets coverage. You compare something that's on the edge of.... well whatever it is, be that fashion, technology, etc.. It's worth looking into. With Apple and some other companies..... it's just not. It's not on the edge of technology. I don't really care either way since it gives me some thing to talk about. But they aren't the same.

RE: Attention media....
By Pirks on 11/4/2009 8:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
Best notebook battery efficiency is not the edge? First use of multitouch on mass produced consumer devices (iPhone/iPod/MacBook) - not the edge? Really?? Best PMP with best selection of apps (I mean iPod Touch) is not the edge? Even when it has the fastest ARM chip inside? Most popular line of MP3 players/PMP/PDA is not the edge anymore, eh? When MacBook Air first introduced so much power in such a little thin chassis, first in the world using Intel SFF CPU packaging - not the edge, eh? Stop fanboyism, Alex, be a bit more objective.

RE: Attention media....
By Alexstarfire on 11/5/2009 2:08:07 AM , Rating: 2
Hey, I never said some things weren't the edge. I just meant not EVERYTHING they did. I mean come on now. If Steve Jobs took a fart I'm sure Jason would write an article about it.

RE: Attention media....
By Pirks on 11/5/2009 2:34:24 AM , Rating: 2
Mick just baits for clicks by posting Apple posts here, don't beat him hard for that, he's earning $$$ this way ;)

RE: Attention media....
By Alexstarfire on 11/5/2009 3:01:24 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure a lot of the other "journalists" do the same thing. I'm not blaming Apple since they don't control the press AFAIK. People like Mick are what made journalism the way it is now. It's not about facts, it's about profit. I don't mind profit, but when it gets in the way of facts that's when I have an issue.

RE: Attention media....
By Pirks on 11/5/2009 11:15:45 AM , Rating: 2
In this particular case Mick's profit did not get in the way of facts. He just used some commonly known facts to get his clicks, so nothing to complain about.

RE: Attention media....
By Alexstarfire on 11/7/2009 7:23:49 PM , Rating: 2
No, but that's not the point for many of his articles. The facts might be there, but it's vastly open to interpretation. I'm sure Mick intentionally picked the month Win 7 came out simply because it was so late in the month. I don't expect a whole lot to change in a little over a week, especially when looking at percentages in the computer market. When you cherry pick your data it doesn't matter if it's fact or not. It provides you with the outcome you are looking for and not necessarily what the real outcome is.

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