A nice bit of The Sun type reporting. A drop of .84% could hardly be described as "slashed". And how is it monitored? By what browser 40,000 websites are being accessed by. Again, hardly a representative figure. At the moment I've got Firefox and IE7 open - what would that tell them? I've got no preference between any OS, but this type of reporting smacks of sensationalism. How about adding "plummeted" and "soaring" to the mix?
It does indeed state facts, but it's the manner in which the facts are stated that are sensationalist. Using the word slashed and saying "New low for Microsoft's OS as Mac gains" sounds as if Microsoft are on their uppers.
that anyone at Microsoft is going to leap out of the window at the news, or that anyone at Apple is dancing a jig around the boardroom. There's a possible explanation for the 0.84% difference in that there were five weekends in November, and according to the company which did the survey The Windows share of the market usually drops at the weekend as more home users with Macs go online.