Microsoft’s hold on the operating system (OS) market remained strong in 2010, according to Gartner.
The latest figures from the analyst firm showed the software giant held 78.6 percent market share throughout 2010, slightly growing its previous year’s figure by just under one percent.
However, its revenue rose by 8.8 percent, moving from almost $US22 billion in 2009 to nearly $US24 billion last year.
Despite not coming anywhere near the leader in market share, Apple was the fastest growing of the consumer operating systems, as its revenues went up by 15.8 percent – equating to $US520 million – in 2010.
Red Hat showed the most significant revenue growth though – excluding Oracle’s 7,682 percent growth due to its lack of operating system back in 2009 – rising 18 per cent to $US620 million. It also accounted for over 50 percent of the market share for Linux server operating systems.
The overall market revenue hit an impressive $US30.4 billion over the 12 months, up 7.8 percent from 2009, according to Gartner.
"Generally, client OSs outperformed server OSs and grew 9.3 percent in 2010, while the server OS segment grew 5.7 pe cent," said Matthew Cheung, principal research analyst at Gartner.
"The long-pending demand for PC refreshment was unleashed as the economy stepped out from the economic turndown, which drove growth of client OSs."
This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk
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Issue: 315 | May 2013
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