When there is no choice.

The use of Microsoft Vista is apparently growing, while Mac OS X is staying flat:

Windows Vista’s share of online users has increased every month this year, while rival Mac OS X — to which Vista has often been compared — has shown little, if any, growth, a metrics company reports.

According to Net Applications, in June Windows Vista accounted for 4.52% of all systems that browsed the Web, up from January’s 0.18%. Vista has grown its usage share each month since its release to consumers Jan. 30, hitting 0.93% in February, 2.04% in March, 3.02% in April and 3.74% in May. Apple Inc.’s Mac OS X, meanwhile, accounted for 6.22% in January and hit its high point of 6.46% in May, but it slipped back to 6% in June.

Now who couldn’t see that one coming?

About 95% of all computers are Windows-based, and about 5% are Mac-based. So for every Mac sold there are about 19 PCs sold. And if you are buying a Windows-based computer your have no choice but to buy Vista. So if you are buying a new PC you will get Vista whether you like it or not. In fact, you might even buy Vista to run on your Intel-based Mac.

So Vista has nowhere to go but up.

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