Apple’s OS and Browser Market Share Saw Slight Decrease in October

Submitted by lalit on November 3, 2008 - 4:06pm.

Net Applications is reporting that after seeing record increase in OS and Browser market share Apple saw slight decrease in October 2008. In Operating Systems, Windows usage increased from 90.29 percent to 90.46 percent in October, while Mac share declined from 8.23 percent to 8.21 percent. Apple’s iPhone OS continued it upward rise and its OS market share increased from 0.32 percent to 0.33 percent. Linux market share dropped from 0.91 percent to 0.71 percent, even though many new netbooks are shipping with Linux on them.
On the browser side, Firefox and Opera were the only two browser that saw a rise in market share. Firefox reached 19.97 percent from 19.46 percent, whereas Opera’s share increased from 0.69 percent to 0.75 percent. Internet Explorer dropped from 71.52 to 71.27 percent, Safari dropped from 6.65 to 6.59 percent, Chrome from 0.78 to 0.74 percent and Netscape from 0.63 to 0.45 percent.
Apple has already said that April and October are the worst months for the company. And, if you check the previous years data from Net Applications, you will see that Apple OS and Browser historically see a slight dip in market share in October. The results for November and December will be really interesting.