updated 06:15 pm EST, Wed January 24, 2007
Gartner: No Mac growth
Apple is unlikely to capitalize on fluctuations in the 2007 operating system market, according to a forecast released by the research firm Gartner. Electronista notes that even as Windows Vista and Mac OS X Leopard make their arrivals, Macs are still expected to account for only 2.9 percent of the market, with Linux also failing to grow at 4.1 percent. This is despite a year of significant sales and media attention, as well as predictions by rival research firms. Gartner does not distinguish between the different Mac operating systems, but does separate Windows variants. The adoption of Windows Vista is expected to be relatively slow this year, with just 12.3 percent of computers making the switch. The dominant OS should continue to be the five-year-old Windows XP, reaching 77.1 percent. It's predicted that Vista will only overtake XP in 2009, reaching a figure of 55.4 percent.