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NetMarketShare: Safari gains market share; Mac OS X, iOS dip

Mac, Safari and iOS market share for Internet usage rose from December to January,, according to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (http://www.netmarketshare.com).

According to the report, among operating systems, Mac OS X had 5.19% of the global market share in February compared to 5.25% in January (that’s global market share; in the US it’s almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 89.69% as of February. That’s down from 89.70% in January. Apple’s highest percentage previously was 5.27% in October 2009.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 6.36% in February compared to 6.60% in January, while Internet Explorer had 56.77% Firefox had 21.74% and Chrome had 10.93%. That compares to, respectively, January percentages of 56T, 22.75% and 10.70% for the browsers.

The iOS’s market share also rose, according to NetMarketShare. It had 1.81% of the global market share in February compared to 2.05% in January. The iOS’ highest percentage of market share was in January with 2.05%. If you combine the Mac OS X and iOS operating systems Apple would have 7%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t equate to sales.

— Dennis Sellers

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