Apple's Mac OS continued to move up among operating systems accessing the Web, while Windows 7 jumped up after Microsoft released its public beta, according to Net Applications.
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The biggest winner in January, however, was the iPod touch, whose "explosive" growth in December continued unabated after the holidays, growing 37.5% to reach a 0.11% Internet share...That means that more than one out of every 1,000 Web hits in January were made from iPod touches -- at least according to Net Applications' data.
Use of Windows 7, meanwhile, surged in January after Microsoft released the public beta of the operating system, the follow-on to Windows Vista that's due sometime around the end of 2009.
That January 31 jump may have come from people who still thought that would be the last day to get the beta. But about a week ago, Microsoft extended the window for the downloads, saying the Windows 7 beta is available through February 10.
But on the whole, Windows continued to inch downward. The Net Applications report for January, released Sunday, put the Microsoft operating system at 88.26 percent, down from 88.68 percent in December. That's still plenty good enough, of course, to keep Windows in the No. 1 spot. Linux came in third at 0.83 percent in January, essentially the same as its 0.85 percent December showing.
Net Applications accumulates its data from 160 million monthly visitors to its network of hosted Web sites that collect statistics.