IDC Anticipates Major Uptake with Upcoming Windows XP Release

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 17, 2001 – Microsoft’s release of Windows XP is approaching and the new product will likely appear in corporate accounts within a few short months of being released, according to IDC. The global market intelligence and advisory firm is forecasting that Windows XP sales will account for 67% of Microsoft’s worldwide client operating environment (COE) new license shipments during 2002.


"IDC sees Windows XP as Microsoft’s best solution to date for powering client environments," says Al Gillen, research manager for IDC’s Systems Software service. "Upon release, Windows XP will quickly take over the momentum that Windows 98 and Windows Me have, and much of the momentum that Windows 2000 Professional has in the market today."

Windows XP represents Microsoft’s convergence to a single code base for both consumer and business client operating environment products. While many users are excited about the enhanced capabilities the product offers, others are weary of upgrades, particularly those who will face another round of hardware purchases to support the increased system resources required by Windows XP.

Despite these impediments, IDC believes Windows XP will quickly replace the shipments of existing Microsoft products and continue the company’s dominance in the client operating environments market – although Windows XP is not expected to create a surge in total client operating environment shipments. IDC also believes PC original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will move very quickly to offer Windows XP as the only choice on consumer machines. For businesses, Microsoft’s new volume licensing terms will both encourage and mandate that businesses obtain the most current technology for their client operating environment purchases – which after October 25 will be Windows XP.

The Windows XP family consists of the following three products – Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home, and Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. The "Professional" and "Home" versions of the product represent the first time that Microsoft has made a distinction between consumer use and business use. This allows Microsoft more control over its customer base, product positioning, and pricing.

IDC’s newest report Windows XP: Huge Uptake Potential-Little Alternate Choice (IDC #25468) provides comprehensive coverage of Microsoft’s Windows XP release including complete background, product features, and potential incompatibility issues. Also included are market accelerators and inhibitors for Windows XP as well as models for sales through 2005.

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