As you can imagine, different people interpret these statistics differently. I’ve seen articles in the last few days that reach dramatically different conclusions. You decide which ones are meaningful.

  • In the latest quarter, Apple Macintosh computers garnered almost 3 percent of the worldwide PC market for the first time in a decade and exceeded 5 percent in the US.
  • Apple sold 1.764 million Macs in the quarter, representing growth of 33 percent year over year. Overall, the PC market grew just 12 percent in the quarter.
  • Microsoft sold 60 million copies of Windows Vista by the end of June 2007, making this the fastest selling version of Windows ever created.
  • Vista “eclipsed the entire installed base of Apple in the first five weeks that this product shipped,” Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said this week.
  • The installed base of Windows-based computers will hit 1 billion machines within the next 12 months, which means there will be more PCs on earth than automobiles, according to Microsoft.