Windows’ market share below 90% for first time since Win 95
Apple gains ground, edging above 8% with OS X
Microsoft Windows global share of the desktop operating systems market has dropped below 90% for the first time since the success of Windows 95, according to two separate research companies' research, cited by SeekingAlpha.
Based on Microsoft platforms from XP onward, NetMarket Share calculates Windows' market share 89.96%, while StatCounter's assessment stands at 89.22%.
Meanwhile, Microsoft's rival Apple has managed to top 8% market share for the first time with its OS X, to reach 8.16%. This is a dramatic rise from three years ago, when Apple commanded just 3.75%.
As of this month, Linux's share was 1.76%, up from 0.68% at the end of 2008.