Microsoft has bragged here and there about how well Windows 7, their latest operating system, has been selling, and now it’s time for Apple to return the favor. Mac OS X Lion has been downloaded a whopping six million times since its launch just a while ago. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, that represents a growth of 80 percent over OS X’s 10.6, known as Snow Leopard.
The new OS has been both praised and derided for its interface changes, the inspiration for which has obviously come from Apple’s successful iOS product. iOS, which powers the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, has sold 250 million copies since its launch in 2007 (it’s important to note that each copy represents the sale of a physical device, since you can’t buy a copy of iOS on its own).
Cupertino couldn’t resist getting a couple of digs in at its competition up in Redmond, noting that it took Windows 7 20 weeks to hit a 10% install base of its customers’ systems. OS X Lion, on the other have, took just two weeks to reach the same percentage of OS X users. That’s an impressive feat, to be certain!
It’s a little overblown, however, as Windows 7’s 10% install base is equal to the entire OS X marketshare. Moreover, it says little about the mindset of the buyer of a new operating system – are they an early adoper, do they run a business, etc. Still, the clear message is that OS X Lion is doing great, and for being one of the first operating systems delivered almost exclusively in a digital fashion, with no need for external install media – that’s news, indeed.