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According to Computerworld, the various versions of Apple's OS X operating systems have been losing their marketshare in the past four months, leaving it sitting at five per cent--the same marketshare it held back in February of this year. Computerworld gleaned the numbers from Net Applications, an analytics firm that scours the interwebz for data provided by each unique visitor that browses any of the 40,000 websites the company monitors for their clients. Interestingly, although Apple's desktop operating system market share has been clawed back, it's still not too far off the mark from the highest user numbers seen for OS X, which peaked at 5.3% back in October of 2009--the same month that marked the launch of Windows 7.
And how did Redmond's darling fare when subjected to Net Application's scrutiny? Pretty well actually.
This past July, Windows 7's user share surpassed that of Windows Vista for the first time since it went on sale last year. Even with this win slotted well away, Microsoft's latest OS can't seem to pry user loyalty away from the kung fu death-grip of Windows XP. The well-seasoned operating system is still at a 61.9% user share after all these years.
It's important to note that Net Applications numbers don't reflect the numbers of copies of an OS sold--only the number of people using that OS as a gateway to hit the internet.