Primary Computing Platform
- Overall, 61.5% of the users who responded used a flavor of windows.
One in five users reported using a Macintosh computer (20.5%), with
there being substantially more US Mac users than European (22.3%
vs 14.1%). European users were heavier users of Unix (14.2% Europe vs
6.8% US; 7.2% overall all responses).
- The distribution of primary computing platforms across all sampled
populations closely resembles computer marketing reports like the NPD Group.
- These number support the hypothesis that the Web is now mid stream in its
evolution, with the first stages being dominated primarily by the
technology developers (UNIX based) followed by wider acceptance by the
"early adopters/seekers" (PC and Mac based) in the later stages.
- Slightly over one in five (20.7%) were using the recently released
windows 95, which lends support to the 'early adopters' profile of
the Web users sampled.
- One out of every four Weekend user reported using windows 95, indicating
that this segment is very eager to adopt new technologies. It is important
to keep in mind tough, that 80% of the respondents were from Weekday users.
The distribution for other platforms was roughly the same for other platforms.
By Access Time
- As with the Third Survey, women are most likely to use Windows
(43.3% women vs 34.6% men). A new twist is there are significantly
more women Macintosh users than men (27.3% women vs 17.7% men).
This also represents a noteworthy increase from the Third Survey
(a 5% increase). As far as Unix machines, men continue to lead in use
(8.3% men vs 4.5% women).
- OS/2 use doubled since the Third Survey, but still represents only
1.7% of the users sampled. All the other platforms (NextStep, VMS, Linux,
DOS) are used by under 5% of the users.
Table of Data for All Categories
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GVU's WWW Surveying Team
Graphics, Visualization, & Usability Center
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0280