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Mac OS X gains market share, ups pressure on Windows 8

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Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) Mac OS X attained 6.45 percent of the worldwide market share for the month of September, according to new data from analytics company Net Applications, a 6.03 percent improvement over the previous month.

While the spike wasn't surprising given the uptick Net Application says is typically enjoyed by Apple in September, as students head back to school, the operating system's 13.74 percent share in the United States reflects a record high for the company.

While it may not be possible to conclude there is a relationship between an uptick in the number of Mac OS X machines with sales of iPads and iPhones, there is no doubt in my mind that the dominance of the iOS platform is attracting the attention of users who may never have taken a second look at the Mac OS X in the past. 

Still, the overwhelming 92.44 percent market share of the Windows platform means that Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) position in the OS race is unlikely to be overtaken soon. Yet with around half of this market share belonging to the outdated Windows XP, the risk that home users may opt instead for a cross upgrade to Apple when buying a new machine is real. Ultimately, this makes the stakes for the still-in-development Windows 8 higher than ever.

For more:
- check out this article at The Unofficial Apple Weblog
- check out this article at CNET News

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