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IDC: Windows Servers Grow Market Share in Tough 2001

Microsoft grew its share of shipments in the server operating environment market in 2001 by seven percentage points even as the overall market declined by about one percent, according to market researchers at IDC.

Windows servers accounted for nearly 49 percent of server operating environment shipments in 2001, compared with almost 42 percent in 2000. Al Gillen, research director for IDC's system software research, attributed Microsoft's growth to Microsoft's licensing programs and customer migrations from Windows NT to Windows 2000.

IDC puts total server operating environment shipments for 2001 at about 5.7 million units. Windows accounts for 49 percent of those shipments, Linux for 25.7 percent, Netware for 11.7 percent and combined Unix for 11.6 percent. Sun Microsystems has the largest market share within the Unix camp, with about 41 percent of the shipments in that market, according to IDC program vice president for system software Dan Kusnetzky.

For anyone wondering how many copies of Windows servers go out Microsoft's door in a year, it works out to about 2.7 million shipments.

Microsoft continues to dominate the client operating environment market, IDC finds, advancing Windows' market share on the desktop from 92 percent in 2000 to 93 percent in 2001.

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