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Macs Are Everywhere, Says Analyst Firm

Well, not quite everywhere. I'm exaggerating a bit. But the presence of Macs on the Internet is significant and growing, according to new data from NetApplications, a research firm based in Aliso Viego, Calif.
Well, not quite everywhere. I'm exaggerating a bit. But the presence of Macs on the Internet is significant and growing, according to new data from NetApplications, a research firm based in Aliso Viego, Calif.According to NetApplications, in September 8.23% of all systems browsing the Internet were running Mac OS. While that trails far behind Windows, at 90.29 percent, it's far greater than the number-three operating system, Linux, at 0.91%.

This data is based on information gathered by NetApplications about systems accessing various search engines. Thus, this reflects personal computer desktops, notebooks and handhelds, not servers, kiosks, or machines that are blocked from reaching Google, Yahoo, MSN and so-on.

The Mac number has been on a steady increase, says NetApplications; a year ago, in September 2007, the percentage of Macs was 6.63%, and Windows machines made up 92.47%. Bear in mind that this represents the total installed base of machine currently in use.

Interestingly, the fourth most popular platform for accessing the Internet in September 2008: the iPhone, at 0.32%.