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Mac reaches new high of 5.33% web share

updated 06:15 pm EDT, Thu April 1, 2010

Mac makes only significant gain in March share

The Mac reached a new all-time high for market share in March, Net Applications found today. It saw the largest gain of any OS in the month and jumped to 5.33 percent of all traffic online. Windows erased all its brief gains and, while still dominant, fell to 91.58 percent.

Most of Apple's gains could be attributed to new Macs running Snow Leopard, but the reverse was true for Microsoft. Windows 7 cracked the 10 percent mark for the first time, but it wasn't enough to offset declines in both XP and Vista users that may have been switching to alternate operating systems rather than upgrading to 7.

Google reaped the greater rewards in web browsers as it gained half a point and now sits at 6.13 percent. Firefox recovered most of its small losses to hit 24.52 percent, but Internet Explorer continued its steady decline and represented 60.65 percent of browsers. Safari reached its own high but still had modest growth, with a 4.65 percent slice of traffic.

The figures don't necessarily reflect actual share but are often overall clues as to the active user base and of trends. Microsoft has generally received strong reviews for Windows 7 but has had to face a relatively strong Mac lineup and customers hesitant to jump to the new OS; Vista is known to have persuaded some to remain on XP even today and to face the prospects of a complete system format to use it. Chrome has been helped by advertising on Google's own sites as well as newer Mac and Windows updates.

OS online share

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by MacNN Staff



  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I rarely reach for Internet Explorer anymore, why take the risk of getting a virus.

    At work, XP is the OS, and I use Chrome, unless IE is absolutely required.

    At home, Mac OS X is the OS, and I use Firefox mostly, occasionally I grab Safari.

    Habits change slowly, but as long as IE causes frustration to people, they will keep trying the other browsers.

  1. herojig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shocking stats...

    What's really shocking about these stats is that 60% of everyone is using an unsupported OS, known to be defective and full of holes?!? That's nuts...and must have some dire consequences down the road.
    OSX 10.6.3, iMacs & MBPs, Firefox

  1. chas_m



    A good chunk of that 3.75% "other" ...

    ... is likely to be users on Tiger and Panther, of whom there are still noticeable (IME) communities.

    If we gave Tiger 2% and Panther let's say 1%, leaving the remaining .75% for people still using pre-XP versions of Windows, that would give Mac 7.4% share, and quite possibly bump Safari up a bit.

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