A new study of Mac OS X web traffic shows that Snow Leopard is still the leading version of OS X as of March fourteenth 2013. The stats breakdown to Mountain Lion sitting at 28%, Lion at 27% and Snow leopard as the leader at 35%.
The Chitika study also states that the fragmentation of Mac OS X into three camps makes it difficult for developers that need to create software for three different OS versions. This will get more complicated with the release of Mac OS X 10.9 due to arrive this fall.
Snow Leopard was publicly unveiled on June 8, 2009 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. On August 28, 2009, it was released worldwide.
While it's difficult to believe that Macites are still on an OS version that's three and half years old, the stats could very well be representative of the numbers of Macs in the workplace. It's a common IT department practice to not adopt the latest and greatest version of an OS until the bugs are worked out. Microsoft had a similar problem with their workplace base not wanting to move from Windows XP years ago.
With that understanding, the fragmentation of Mac OS X isn't all that dramatic.
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