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Vista nibbles some Apple in OS wars

Vista nibbles some Apple in OS wars

Windows Vista more than doubled its market share in March from the prior month, while the share of computers running Mac OS X fell for the first time in nine months, according to statistics released last week by market research firm Net Applications.

By the end of March, Vista was used by 2.04 percent of computers connected to the internet, according to the US company. That's up from 0.93 percent of PCs in February.

Now ranked the fifth-most popular operating system by Net Applications, Vista jumped ahead of Windows 98, which had a 1.36 percent share. Vista still trailed Windows 2000, which had 4.71 percent share in March.

The share of PowerPC-based Macs fell, though, from 4.29 percent in February to 3.94 percent in March. That dip was not fully offset by an increase in Intel-based Mac hardware, leading to a overall net decline in Mac share of 0.3 percent, to 6.08 percent in March.

Net Applications collects its data from the browsers of visitors to its network of more than 40,000 web sites.

Vista has now been available to consumers for two months -- and to businesses for four months. Microsoft says that Windows Vista more than doubled its market share in March from the prior month, while the share of computers running Mac OS X fell for the first time in nine months, according to statistics released by market research firm Net Applications.


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