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OS and browser market shares for November 2012

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NetMarketShare’s desktop Operating System Market Share metrics for November 2012 show Windows’ overall market share dropping a fifth of a point despite the Windows 8 launch, with both OS X and Linux logging modest share gains on the month. October share standings, are shown in parentheses for comparison.

  • Windows – 91.45% (91.67%)
  • Mac – 7.30% (7.16%)
  • Linux – 1.25% (1.17%)

Over in the Mobile/Tablet category, the iOS gained more than a point in November, presumably on the strength of the successful iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad releases, and iPhone 5 shipment volumes picking up. Google’s Android also managed to gain some ground, albeit a lesser increment, mostly attributable to Android’s continued advance. Java ME, Symbian, and Blackberry all continued to decline, and all other players, including Windows Phone were sideways on the month.

  • iOS – 61.10% (59.87%)
  • Android – 28.02% (27.35%)
  • JavaME – 6.65% (8.04%)
  • BlackBerry – 1.42% (1.67%)
  • Symbian – 1.24% (1.51%)
  • Windows Phone – 0.90% (0.81%)
  • Kindle – 0.40% (0.41%)
  • Bada – 0.11% (0.11%)
  • Samsung – 0.07% (0.09%)
  • Windows Mobile – 0.06% (0.08%)

Desktop OS Versions

In terms of OS specific versions, frontrunner Windows 7 only managed a 2/10 of a point gain in November, while XP dropped below 40&, Vista eased a bit more, and Windows 8 was still behind all three of the most recent OS X versions (and Linux as well).

On the Mac, Apple’s OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard remained out in front, although dropping 6/10 of a point, with OS X v10.7 Lion 1/100 of a point back, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion actually dropping 1/10 of a point of share.

Windows:

  • Windows 7 – 44.71% (44.69%)
  • Windows XP – 39.82% (40.66%)
  • Windows Vista – 5.70% (5.80%)
  • Windows 8 – 1.09% (0.41%)

Macintosh:

  • MacOS X 10.6 – 2.19% (2.25%)
  • Mac OS X 10.7 – 2.34% (2.45%)
  • Mac OS X 10.8 – 2.14% (2.24%)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 – 0.61% (0.64%)
  • Mac OS X 10.4 – 0.15% (0.15%)

Linux - 1.25% (1.17)

Mobile/Tablet OS Versions

In the mobile/tablet category, the iPad version of Apple’s iOS made a honking big gain of nearly five percentage points, but the iPhone variant dropped by nearly three points, and iPod up modestly in November. Over on Android, version 2.3 is still top dog, but versions 4.0 and 4.1 logged more big gains, with 4.1 bumping 2.2 out of overall sixth place. Windows Phone remains a distant also-ran, with Windows 8 evidently not having much impact yet.

iOS – 61.10% (59.87%)

  • iPad – 37.45% (33.13%)
  • iPhone – 22.53% (25.36%)
  • iPod – 1.24% (1.39%)

JavaME - 6.65% (8.04%)

Android - 28.02% (27.35%)

  • Android 2.3 – 11.89% (13.43%)
  • Android 4.0 – 10.23% (8.94%)
  • Android 4.1 – 2.03% (0.77%)
  • Android 2.2 – 1.96% (2.26%)
  • Android 3.2 – 0.68% 0.79%)
  • Android 2.1 – 0.42% (0.42%)
  • Android 3.1 – 0.33% (0.37%)

Symbian – 1.24% (1.51%)

Windows Phone – 0.90% (0.81%)

BlackBerry – 1.42% (1.67%)

Kindle Fire – 0.40% (0.42%)

Windows

  • Windows Phone OS 7.5 – 0.88% (0.79%)
  • Windows CE – 0.04% (0.07%)

Galaxy Tab - 0.28%

For more information, visit netmarketshare.com.

Browser Share

In desktop Web browsers, Internet Explorer and Firefox both logged small gains, with Firefox back above 20%. Once seemingly unstoppable Chrome dropped for the third month in a row, and both Safari desktop and Opera were up slightly.

In the Mobile/Tablet browser category, top dog Safari for iOS gained more than a point, while Android (in distant second) was sideways. Chrome mobile leapfrogged from 7th to 4th place on the month, while mobile Microsoft Internet Explorer’s 6/10ths of a point gain was enough to edge ahead of Symbian.

Desktop Browser Market Share

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – 54.76% (54.13%)
  • Firefox – 20.44% (19.99%)
  • Chrome – 17.24% (18.55%)
  • Safari – 5.33% (5.21%)
  • Opera – 1.67% (1.63%)

Mobile/Tablet Market Share

  • Safari – 61.50% (60.31%)
  • Android Browser – 26.09% (25.95%)
  • Opera Mini – 7.02% (8.24%)
  • Chrome – 1.14% (0.85%)
  • BlackBerry – 1.32% (1.38%)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer – 0.95% (0.86%)
  • Symbian – 0.69% (0.89% (1.08%)
  • Opera Mobile – 0.53% (0.50%)
  • Firefox – 0.01% (0.01%)

You can check it out at netmarketshare.com.

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  1. In regards to numerous companies which produce Android phones, I expected the Android OS to compete closely to the iOS in Mobile/Tablet OS percentage share. I guess I misjudged Apple’s iOS.

    Ben