mac os market share vs windows

davidwes

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Has any website done a review on the way market share of os's are done? It is my belief that by the end of 2008 the Mac OS market share could be as high as Windows!

Here is what I am looking at:

1. All the Mac Computers being sold and the ones still in use run Mac Os X 2. The iPhone uses Mac OS X.
3. The iPods are going to start using X
4. Apple TV uses X

That is a huge number for Mac OS X.

Now compare to Windows - Remember Windows is split between countless different versions. Most people still use XP, then you have Vista, then you have the moble version. If you keep each version seperate (unlike Mac Os X which is not a different version on each product) then I don't see how any one of those can have a higher market share then the Mac OS!
 

tomoisyourgod

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I highly doubt that Mac OS Market share will be as high as windows.

Windows has approx 94%

Mac OS is appox 4 - 5%

Linux/Free BSD etc around 1% or 1.5% something like that...


The actual growth rate of Macintosh computers is 32% (which is superb), Laptops are 11% growth rate (going by Quarter to Quarter sales)....

My reckoning the OS X market share will be around 5.5% by 2008, and that's at best.

I don't know how you managed to think this up....
 

xUKHCx

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If you keep each version seperate (unlike Mac Os X which is not a different version on each product) then I don't see how any one of those can have a higher market share then the Mac OS!
So you are using one rule for windows and a different one for apple. Not really fair. Even with this obvious error in calculations I think windows will still heavily outweigh OS X.
 

davidwes

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So you are using one rule for windows and a different one for apple. Not really fair. Even with this obvious error in calculations I think windows will still heavily outweigh OS X.
Windows XP is nothing like Windows Mobile.

Steve Jobs could not stop repeating during his keynote that the iphone uses Mac Os X, not a mobile version, not a watered down version. He said it over and over.
 

xUKHCx

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Windows XP is nothing like Windows Mobile.

Steve Jobs could not stop repeating during his keynote that the iphone uses Mac Os X, not a mobile version, not a watered down version. He said it over and over.
Yeah but from reading the post it seems as if you are treating 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista separately and not counting the installed base of the combined windows. Hell even if you only took XP and Vista (to try and get some sort of comparison to OS X) then it should be more than OS X. Windows has a huge installed base.
 

SDAVE

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Windows is always going to have a bigger base because it's not tied down to hardware...and it works with thousands of products. That's just reality.