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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