Mac OS X 10.6 Beats Windows 7 in Amazon Pre-Orders

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Microsoft may have more than 90% market share in the operating system business, but Apple is winning the pre-order battle, at least on Amazon. As noted by PCAdvisor, Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)and Mac OS X 10.6 Family Pack occupy the #1 and #2 slot in the Bestsellers list for Software, while Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade is all the way down in the #16 slot.

Microsoft can take solace, however, from Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (for Windows) being #3.

Both operating systems go on sale in the Fall (Snow Leopard in September and Windows 7 in October), but Snow Leopard is an upgrade to Leopard, and is priced at $29. Windows 7 will be a full version upgrade, with the upgrade box in the #16 slot priced at $119.99 at Amazon.

No one should walk away from this little anecdote thinking that Apple is going to somehow gobble up more market share than Microsoft -- this is just one online reseller that has always sold a lot of Apple's hardware and software. Microsoft is still the dominant player in the operating system business (at least in terms of sales), and Windows 7 will eventually outsell Snow Leopard, even should it turn out to be a flop.

What this might indicate for real, however, is the idea that Mac users are more excited about Snow Leopard than Windows users are about Windows 7. Of course, even there, the different price tags between the two products makes even that sort of comparison perilous, at best.

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12 Comments Leave Your Own

Sam-PC

Win 7 sales topped amazon best seller when it was launched back in July, this article doesn’t compare # of sales in first 2 weeks of win 7 launch to sales of OS-X 10.6.

Lee Dronick

I am wondering if this is because Windows 7 may not run a lot of current PCs. I have two PC notebooks running XP, but they don’t meet the
minimum requirements for Windows 7. Of course they are more than a few years old and even two of my Macs will not run Leopard. Anyway I suspect that people will move to Windows 7 when they get a a new PC. I may do that and sometime next year either donate or sell my XP laptops and get a new PC running Windows 7.

B9robot

I wouldn’t call WIndows 7 a full Version Upgrade since it is only updating Vista with a different name. Windows 7 has most of the dumb interface of Vista still present.

JayArr8

I purchased both yesterday….

geoduck

sometime next year either donate or sell my XP laptops

Hackintosh?
It could be fun

Lee Dronick

Hackintosh?
It could be fun

The newest notebook, more of a coffee table book, is a HP zd7020. It only has 512MB of RAM which limits what OS I can install, I guess I could install more but have never considered it. The other one is some antique that I have tucked away somewhere. Both were inherited from my father after he passed away, he was a realtor and could only access those websites with Windows.

The HP is mostly used when I absolutely need to visit some web site that won’t let a Mac browser in. My wife is currently taking an online college course that requires she use the Windows version of Office 2007 so she has a demo version of that installed.

Either getting a new PC or upgrading the HP to run Windows 7 is not on the front burner. I would rather get a new MacBook Pro, I am using a G3 iBook running Tiger, the wife has a G4 iBook running Leopard. This autumn the wife will take some classes on campus and is seriously thinking about a MacBook Air because it would be less weight to schlep. She is eligible for the education discount at the Apple Store.

Hell, maybe the best thing for me is to install Windows on my iMac and use it under Parallels or Boot Camp.

UpQuark

Win 7 sales topped amazon best seller when it was launched back in July, this article doesn?t compare # of sales in first 2 weeks of win 7 launch to sales of OS-X 10.6.

Yup… there were lots of disclaimers in the article, but the author found it interesting on some level…

MS

The measurements for this are not relevant.  Amazons top 10’s are updated hourly, and W7 was posted for pre-order weeks ago, so all the momentum will have slowed by the time Snow Leopard got posted.

dennis

...not to mention the fact that many people still have no local source for Mac software. A PC user can walk into any number of stores and pick up a copy of Windows.

Lee Dronick

...not to mention the fact that many people still have no local source for Mac software. A PC user can walk into any number of stores and pick up a copy of Windows.

An excellent point. My neighborhood’s Best Buy has an Apple section, but they only carry a few software titles, iWork, Toast, and one or two others. Fortunately I have three Apple Retail Stores within 15-20 minutes drive, that time includes traffic. In addition there are two others about 45-60 minutes from me. Fry’s about 20 minutes from me has more Mac software than Best Buy, but not as many as the Apple Stores.

geoduck

Hell, maybe the best thing for me is to install Windows on my iMac and use it under Parallels or Boot Camp.

Depending on your needs, which sound fairly minimal, you could try VirtualBox. It’s free and I’ve had good luck wit it.

Lee Dronick

Depending on your needs, which sound fairly minimal,

Well my Windows needs are minimal, but I have been declared “needy” by the women I know. smile

I will look into VirtualBox, thanks

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