This is quite interesting. A market study shows that from the period of April 2006 to August 2006, Mac OS’s market share actually fell from 4.33% to 3.71%. And from the entire year of September 2005 to August 2006, its share went from 3.74% to 3.71%. That means it actually grew to its peak of 4.35% in December, but gradually went down as the year progressed.
What’s also interesting is that Windows XP actually rose from 76.36% to 84.18% in the same year-span. This can be explained by businesses migrating from Windows 2000, Windows 98 and Windows ME into the newer Windows XP machines, not by a loss in other competitor’s market share.
So what does this mean? It means that Macs aren’t making the huge progress that everyone previously thought they were, and they’re definitely short of the 5% figure that’s been quoted whenever people are discussing Apple’s share.