According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare (, the market share for Mac OS X, Safari and iOS all rose last month.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 6.36% of the global market share in December compared to 6.46% in November (that’s global market share; in the US it’s almost 10%). Windows remains dominant with 92.23% as of December. That’s the same as in November. According to NetMarketShare, Mac OS X 10.6 (“Snow Leopard”) accounted for 3.05% of Apple’s share and Mac OS X 10.7 (“Lion”) 2.02%.

When it comes to browsers, Safari had 4.97% in December. Internet Explorer had 51.87%, Firefox had 21.83% and Chrome had 19.11%. That compares to, respectively, November percentages of 5%, 52.64%, 22.14% and 18.18%, respectively, for the browsers.

The iOS’s still dominated in December, according to NetMarketShare. It had 54.04%, compared to 21.27% for Java ME,16.29% for Android, 5.76% for Symbian and 3.51% for Blackberry. That compares to 54.040%, 19.69%, 16.72%, 5.76% and 3.18, respectively, in November. And December saw an all-time high for iOS.

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