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Mac OS share accelerating, says analyst

updated 11:05 am EST, Mon January 5, 2009

Kaufman on Mac OS share

Adding to recently-released browser figures, Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu notes that use of the Mac OS is not only growing, but accelerating. Figures based on OS and browser use are said to show that the Mac OS -- combining versions for computers and the iPhone -- grew its marketshare to 10 percent in December, a 0.75 percent increase over the 9.25 percent share achieved in November. November's growth was just 0.65 percent, Wu comments, and only a year ago, the Mac OS held 7.3 percent of the market.

Much of this has come at the expense of Windows, which while remaining dominant, slipped from a 89.6 percent share in November to 88.7 in December. Windows use was also diverted to other operating systems, most notably Linux, Symbian and RIM's BlackBerry OS. December represents the second consecutive month Windows has held less than 90 percent of OS world.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I agree, not long ago I was pleasantly surprised to see someone use a Mac at an internet cafe, now the number of MacBooks seem to exceed PCs.Yesterday I saw a designer editing a professionally designed Obama presentation in Keynote. Made me happy :D

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have been seeing Macs, but still see an overwhelmingly large number of PC's. I think Macs can capture about 15% of the home market, and 2%-3% business.

    However, an increase of to 10 from 9.25 is NOT .75% increase. It is an 81% increase. It is .75 percentage point increase. It seems as though anyone can call themselves a journalist and throw whatever facts they want out there, without editors or error checking.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    live near a couple of big universities and macbooks dominate at the starbucks and cafeteria (yeah, i eat there, it's cheap!).

    seeing that also explains why most people that buy macs are older. well, duh. who do ya think is buying these macbooks for these college kids? dad. you know, the older guy. one of my tennis partners has 3 teenage girls and they all have macbooks. yet 3 more to add to the older guy statistics.

  1. Smurfman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac MrkShare & Obama

    I think this theory is definitely in process:


    re: bloggerblog... Did seeing more and more Macbook's in an internet cafe make you happy or was it seeing someone edit an Obama presentation (or both)?? If it has to do with Obama, it's amazing how many people, like yourself, are so goosed up about this guy! His "celebrity status" throughout the world (not just the US) is astronomical. People are almost treating him as some kind of Messiah. Well, hate to break the news to those who may see him as a Savior to the world... The Messiah's already come and his name is Jesus. AND, he promised to return and set things straight! (Found this link on Google which seems to be pretty thorough: )

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    so, you take a guy being happy about a presentation he saw and from that leap all the way to the guy being "goosed up" then all the way to having to break the news to him that he's wrong about a messiah and end it with a frickin sermon then top it off by linking to a religious site. all this from a presentation.
    dude, what's your agenda? (that's rhetorical, no need to answer).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Hey, Obama might be all celebrity and all, but his popularity world-wide can't hurt, can it? Maybe he can get allies to help us with stuff by asking, not by threatening.

    Oh, and we all know Jesus has already returned. He gave us the iPhone after all....

  1. moofpup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A very Christian point of view that other Religions do not share!

    Not sure why you are giving the guy who saw Obama a hard time because you too, clearly have an agenda!

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm totally goosed

    as long as Apple's market share and share price continue to increase. I'm sure there must be a lot of netbook users out there, so they must be sitting somewhere and using them. I think people tend to notice things that they're on the lookout for. What segment of users buy netbooks? Teenagers? Businessmen? Maybe businessmen just keep their netbooks concealed more.

  1. addisonx

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the Messiah

    The Messiah's name is Steve. Am I right?

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