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Windows 7 cracks 10% use online, Chrome tops 5%

updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon February 1, 2010

Windows 7 gains but IE loses in January

Windows 7 already makes up a tenth of all web traffic online, according to new Net Applications data for January. The OS released just in late October now just broke past 10 percent use on the web at the end of last month. It also made large strides for the whole period and had an average 7.51 percent of web traffic, or a jump of more than a third over December.

As a whole, Windows still lost share to reach 92.02 percent but only partly to Mac OS X, which gained very slightly to reach 5.13 percent. Most of the losses were credited to mobile platforms like the iPhone (0.47 percent) and Java ME (0.59 percent). Linux stayed flat at 1.02 percent.

Microsoft also lost out in web browser usage share during January but chiefly to Google's Chrome. Internet Explorer again reached an all-time low of 62.18 percent where Chrome grew by more than half a point to 5.2 percent. Apple's Safari only increased a small amount but reached a new high of 4.51 percent, while Firefox actually fell to 24.41 percent.

Reasons for both the OS and browser shifts weren't given. However, Microsoft would have benefited from sales of new PCs during the holiday while Google likely drew help from both Chrome 4.0 for Windows and continued adoption of the Mac beta.

Windows 7 trending throughout January

OS share for January

Web browser share for January

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So ...

    The more Windows 7 is used, the faster Windows overall marketshare declines.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple's Safari

    is such a lousy browser, I'm surprised they are still around - Probably because users of the iPhone and now, iPad have no choice in the matter.

    Released in 2003, it gets it's behind kicked by Google's Chrome Browser released in 2008. 5 years after the fact. That is sooooo sad. Yes Apple designs nice hardware but they sure can't figure out how to make a decent browser. I guess that makes them the Microsoft of web browsers.

    Apple should stick to hardware and OS designs and leave the important technical applications to the big boys.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As the first major browser to pass the Acid 2 and Acid 3 tests, and faster rendering than any MS browser or FF what are you talking about?

    What constitutes a Big Boy? Google whose revenue is about 1/3 that of Apples, or Microsoft whose revenue is only about 16% more than Apples' or Mozilla who earns about 1/100th of what Apple does?

  1. luckyday

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Safari on Windows is pretty good, but it's not as well optimized, because they only released it for iPhone developers who develop on Windows."

    Is that a joke? Do you actually believe that? That's just ridiculous.

    I have a mac and PC and I use firefox on both. The only time I use safari is when I'm on my mac and facebook chat gets all screwey. Which is rare.

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