Microsoft Puts Pressure on Server Operating Environments Market Despite Tough Conditions in 2001, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 23, 2002 – According to IDC, Microsoft's share of SOE new license shipments jumped from just under 42% in 2000 to nearly 49% in 2001 as the company's COE new license shipments inched up from 92% to 93%, leaving little room for competitors.


2001 was generally a tough year for IT expenditures. Microsoft, however, managed to advance its lead in both the client operating environments (COE) market and server operating environments (SOE) market while most of the competition experienced flat or negative growth.

"Microsoft advanced its position — which is measured by revenue, unit shipments, and market share — for both its COE and SOE product lines during an otherwise difficult year," said Al Gillen, research director for IDC's system software research. "We believe that Microsoft's licensing programs partly account for this trend as well as the customer transitions already underway from older Microsoft technologies to current products."

The overall operating environments market grew 0.7% in 2001 from 2000 with most of that growth coming from increased COE new license revenue. In terms of unit shipments, the COE market saw 3.8% growth whereas the SOE market declined by just under 1%.

IDC also revealed that the 5.7 million new license shipments achieved in the SOE market during 2001 were split between Microsoft, Linux (25.7%), Netware (11.7%), and combined Unix (11.6%). Other products accounted for the remaining 2%.

IDC's recently released Worldwide Client and Server Operating Environment Market Forecast and Analysis, 2002-2006: Microsoft Extends its Grip on the Market (IDC #27969) examines the overall operating environments market and provides a comparative analysis and shipment forecast for 2002 through 2006. This document also includes COE and SOE new license revenue data for 1999-2006 as well as installed base data for 1999 through 2006.

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