Mac keeps growing despite Windows 7 surge

Mac OS X is continuing to increase in market share, despite an explosive start to life for Windows 7.

Mac keeps growing despite Windows 7 surge

The latest figures released by Net Applications show that Windows 7 already boasts 3.67% of the operating system market. That figure has grown from 1.99% since the day Windows 7 launched.

The majority of those Windows 7 installations will still be on the free Release Candidate software, although the figures suggest that many people are being tempted to upgrade to the new operating system.

However, Windows 7 appears to be merely cannibalising older versions of Windows instead of eating into rivals’ market share. Mac market share grew from 5.12% in September to 5.27% in October – a modest increase, but one that suggests that the launch of Windows 7 isn’t tempting the Mac faithful so far.

Indeed, overall Windows market share dipped slightly in October, although the figures are hardly likely to be giving Steve Ballmer sleepless nights. Windows still accounts for 92.52% of the market, compared to 92.77% in September.

PC Pro’s own web analytics show that Windows 7 is already hugely popular with our readership. Windows 7 surpassed 10% market share among readers that day after its official launch. Yesterday, it was used by more than 15% of the visitors to our site. It now stands only marginally behind Windows Vista, which was used by 19.7% of our visitors.

Click here to read our blog on whether Windows 7 can convert a Mac user.

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