Mac flirts with 10 per cent web share

Windows on the wane


Web-use statistics prove that the Mac continues to gain market share from Windows-based PCs.

According to Web analyst outfit Net Applications, Mac-run browsers accounted for nearly 10 per cent of all web hits in January, coming in at 9.93 per cent. That's an increase of 0.3 per centage points from December.

Use of Apple's Safari web browser increased to 8.29 percent in January, up from 7.93 per cent in December. But some of those Safari hits come iPhone and iPod touch users, and others come from people fooled into installing Apple's browser on their Windows machines.

While a 0.3 per cent Mac increase may seem small, two factors should give Windows fanbois pause.

First, that seemingly minor monthly rise works out to an annualized rate of 3.6 per cent - and a 3.6 per cent rise in market share is far from small potatoes, especially considering that in the declining market through which the world is currently grunting and groaning, every user is precious.

It's essentially a zero-sum game. A 3.6 per cent rise for Apple in 2009 - should it happen - would have to come out of someone's hide. And it certainly won't be Amiga's.

Second, the Mac's strong December performance could have been explained away by the fact that December is a stay-at-home month and that the Mac is a stronger player in the home market than it is in business.

But January was back-to-work time, and still, the Mac continued to nibble away at Windows, even though office folks were browsing away on their corporate Windows boxes.

Further bad news for Ballmer et al: In January of 2009, according to Net Applications, 88.26 per cent of web browsing was done from machines running Windows. In January of 2008, that percentage was 91.5 per cent.

That one-year slippage of 3.24 per cent during 2008 makes a 3.6 per cent drop in 2009 seem a reasonable prediction. ®

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • The future: Windows streaming through notched Apple screens

    Choice is the word for Jamf's Dean Hager

    Interview As Apple's devices continue to find favour with enterprise users, the fortress that is Windows appears to be under attack in the corporate world.

    Speaking to The Register as the Jamf Nation User Conference wound down, the software firm's CEO, Dean Hager, is - unsurprisingly - ebullient when it comes to the prospects for Apple gear in the world of suits.

    Jamf specialises in device management and authentication, and has long been associated with managing Apple hardware in business and education environments. In recent years it has begun connecting its products with services such as Microsoft's Azure Active Directory as administrators face up to a hybrid working future.

    Continue reading
  • There’s a wave of ransomware coming down the pipeline. What can you do about it?

    AI can help. Here’s how…

    Sponsored The Colonial Pipeline attack earlier this year showed just how devastating a ransomware attack is when it is targeted at critical infrastructure.

    It also illustrated how traditional security techniques are increasingly struggling to keep pace with determined cyber attackers, whether their aim is exfiltrating data, extorting organisations, or simply causing chaos. Or, indeed an unpleasant combination of all three.

    So, what are your options? More people looking for more flaws isn’t going to be enough – there simply aren’t enough skilled people, there are too many bugs, and there are way too many attackers. So, it’s clear that smart cyber defenders need to be supplemented by even smarter technology incorporating AI. You can learn what this looks like by checking out this upcoming Regcast, “Securing Critical Infrastructure from Cyber-attack” on October 28 at 5pm.

    Continue reading
  • Ransomware criminals have feelings too: BlackMatter abuse caused crims to shut down negotiation portal

    Or so says infsec outfit Emsisoft

    Hurling online abuse at ransomware gangs may have contributed to a hardline policy of dumping victims' data online, according to counter-ransomware company Emsisoft.

    Earlier this month, the Conti ransomware gang declared it would publish victims' data and break off ransom negotiations if anyone other than "respected journalist and researcher personalities" [sic] dared publish snippets of ransomware negotiations, amid a general hardening of attitudes among ransomware gangs.

    Typically these conversation snippets make it into the public domain because curious people log into ransomware negotiation portals hosted by the criminals. The BlackMatter (aka DarkSide) gang's portal credentials (detailed in a ransom note) became exposed to the wider world, however, and the resulting wave of furious abuse hurled at the crims prompted them to pull up the virtual drawbridge.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021