Report Shows People Prefer Windows When It Comes to Operating Systems

NetApplications released its last monthly report of 2011 on the breakdown of operating systems that were used to access its client’s 40,000 websites. The report shows that a large majority still prefer the comfort of the well-known Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows XP.

Windows XP, though 10 years old, was used by 46.5% of the web traffic that was monitored. Windows 7 followed in second place with 37% of visitors using the operating system while Windows Vista made sure that Windows claimed all three top spots with 8.4%. Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Macs fell far behind with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), released by Apple in August 2009, claiming 3.1% of market share and Mac OS X 10.7 being used by just 2%. The remaining 3% of visitors used “other” operating systems.

Though Windows XP still maintained its dominance, there were some shifts in operating system market share. Lion went from 0% to 2% share in just over two months. Windows 7 was also a big gainer going from 21.7% to 37%, a 71% increase in one year. Both Vista and “Other” suffered share losses in 2011.

Here’s how Microsoft and Apple shares are kicking off the new year:

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSFT shares recently traded at $26.90, up $0.94, or 3.62%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.46. Volume today was 33,996,680 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 51,928,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.78, while trailing earnings are $2.75 per share.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): AAPL shares recently traded at $410.02, up $5.02, or 1.24%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $310.50 to $426.70. Volume today was 6,618,469 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 16,160,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 14.81, while trailing earnings are $27.68 per share.

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