Mac OS X market share passes 8%

By Justin Mann on October 2, 2008, 12:38 PM
Mac OS X has slowly crept up in popularity since its release, never making huge jumps but rather steadily pushing skyward. To Apple's delight, Mac OS X gains come at the decline of Windows, and recently OS X has seen a 5% growth since last month. That increase puts it at just over 8% overall, a significant number when you consider the sheer amount of desktops in the world. These gains seem to come directly from Microsoft losses. Could Windows market share slip below 90% for the first time in many years?

That's certainly a possibility, with Windows estimated to be around 90.29% - quite a drop from a year ago, even more of a drop from three years ago.

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fullmetalvegan said:
Well it's not THAT significant a number, it's good, but not 'significant'. Significant would be like, over 20%. =P
eafshar said:
20% would be scary significant... to radical of a change. well im personally a PC user and dont really like macs because of their high prices and limited programs i can run on them. but i like the fact that Microsoft is having they monopoly challenged. its only good for us. we may get something good from them soon.
Julio said:
What makes it significant is not the absolute market share but the growth rate and rapid adoption of the platform compared to the past. Meanwhile another version of Windows that can rectify the path (even if it's only on customer's minds) won't come until 2010.
fullmetalvegan said:
Yeah, a new version of Windows can change that, I was thinking that before - it'll seasaw depending on how successful the most recent version of Windows is.I think we need more OS variety for the PC, not alternatives to PCs, I just don't like Macs or their OS. PC"s are far more superior in terms of flexiblity, upgradability, etc.
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