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Global Mac market share up to 6.6% - report

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Mon October 1, 2007

Global Mac market share up

Capitalizing on the halo effects of the iPhone and iPod, Apple's strong Mac sales are continuing to help the company take away valuable market share from other PC makers. Ahead of the imminent release of Mac OS X 10.5, research firm Net Applications said that Apple's global share of the personal computer market rose to 6.6 percent in September, up from 4.7 percent in the same month last year -- representing a year-over-year gain of more than 40 percent. In addition, the company's market share grew from 6.15 percent in the previous month or a sequential gain of more 7 percent, according to a report by TheStreet.com.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows operating system, which still commands the vast majority of the computer market, saw a decline of 3 market share points from previous year: the company had 91 percent of the market in September 2007, down from the 94 percent a year ago.

Specifically, the company's Vista operating system had about 7.4 percent of the market in September. Net Applications, the report said, attributes the gains to Apple's new Intel-based architecture, which was first introduced in January of 2006.

Previous reports indicate that surging Mac sales are expected to beat Wall Street expectations by nearly 400,000 units. Earlier this month, one report indicated Apple may sell 2.35 million iMacs and MacBooks this quarter, fueled by back-to-school shopping as well as a recently refreshed iMac.




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  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iPhone and iPhone?

    Glad I didn't buy an iPhone. Sounds like I can now get two for the price of one!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    good catch g

    those are phenomenal numbers. If I were Ballmer, I'd be concerned (and I'd start spewing Microsoft disinformation while doing nothing to improve Windows - thank goodness I'm not him)

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    so, 2.4% for linux?

    The Microsoft figures are only given to the integer percent, so it might be as high as 2.9% or as low as 1.9%, but still... that's actually pretty high, I wasn't expecting that much of a gap between Apple and Microsoft.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Improvement

    Definately good news. Hope this keeps up and MicroSHIT completely vanishes.

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    let's see...

    what our resident contrarian, testudo, will have to say about this... it's kind of predictable what t******* is going to say but let's hear it.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I predict

    I predict testudo will now conclude the mac has enough marketshare that we can afford to spank 10 monkeys.

  1. CadetStimpy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What this means...

    Is that more and more people are waking up to the realization that they'd actually like to use their computer rather than muck around with it all day. Which means they're making smarter choices, which include the Mac. That's always something to celebrate. ;)

    Kudos to Apple. Let's keep the good products coming.

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