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Apple growing fast in the Desktop segment

A recent survey by Net Applications has highlighted the growth of Apple's Marketshare.

According to their research, Mac's shares increased from 6.8 percent to 7.31 percent while iPhones jumped from 0.09 percent to 0.12 percent: small but still significant.

Unsurprisingly, Windows commands the largest share of the OS market with 91.79 percent with Mac coming next and Linux grabbing the third spot with only 0.63 percent.

Nert Applications' figures are based on a percentage of visitors accessing sites across their network which accounts for 160 million visitors per month.

While some reports rely solely on pen and paper surveys, Net Applications' is an actual snapshot of who is using what to browse the net although it cannot distinguish if several platforms are present in a single physical PC - for example, if a user is using Vista within Parallel on a Mac to browse the internet.

Intriguingly though, Net Applications has also included the iPhone, the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation under the Desktop header.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.