The market share of desktop computers connected to the internet has taken an interesting shift. The percentage of Windows-based PCs has dropped below 90 per cent for the first time since the mid-1990s.
According to data from two sources, Net Marketshare and Statcounter, on the desktop Microsoft still has a massive lead over Apple, but Apple's market share is rising. When you factor in the falling numbers of new PCs being sold this will be a worrying trend for Microsoft if this continues.
However, as has been previously reported, as many as 25 per cent of PCs that connect to the internet are running Windows XP. With support for the OS rapidly running out Microsoft will be hoping that owners upgrade to another form of Windows, however, this won’t necessarily happen.
The reason for the drop in desktop and laptop sales is of course due to the rise in the use of mobile devices to go online. When you look at the statistics there, Apple has a healthy 52 per cent of the number of mobile / tablet market according to Net Marketshare.