FIGURES FROM NETAPPLICATIONS, which are always quoted by Apple fanbois claiming that their OS X operating system really rules the world, are showing that Jobs' Mob's OS is in retreat.
After the release of Windows 7 it is starting to look like the people who left Voleware for OS-X are returning and Microsoft's gains are Apple's losses.
However let's be clear here, we are not talking about a lot of market share growth for Microsoft. Last month Windows was on 92.1 per cent of machines that visited the 40,000-plus sites that NetApplications monitors for clients of its analytics service.
The increase was just 0.1 of a percentage point boost but it is the largest Windows had posted since June 2009. It is also the third time that Windows has gained share in the last year.
Windows XP and Vista have been slowly dying while Windows 7 has continued to grow. Windows XP slipped to 65.5 per cent, down 0.7 of a percentage point, the smallest drop since last September. Vista, meanwhile, lost a percentage point to end at 16.5 per cent. Vista has now lost usage share four months in a row, and in five of the last six months, with February's decline setting a record for the 2007 operating system.
Windows 7 continued to climb. The newest edition ended February with an 8.9 per cent share, up 1.4 points. At its current pace, Windows 7 will be installed on one in ten computers during the third week of March.
The figures also show that Vista is not dying that quickly but when people are replacing their XP machines they are going straight to Windows 7, as one would expect because that's now preloaded on most new PCs.
Mac OS X's usage share slipped 0.1 of a percentage point last month. µ
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