IDC Says Microsoft is Moving into Dominant Role in Server Operating Environments, Even as Linux Grows

According to IDC, Microsoft will hold its position in the worldwide operating environments market through 2007, despite continued competition from Linux. Microsoft’s share of worldwide server operating environment (SOE) new license shipments grew from 50.5% in 2001 to 55.1% in 2002, while the company’s client operating environment (COE) new license shipments inched up from 93.2% to 93.8% of the worldwide COE market. By comparison, paid shipments of Linux SOEs captured 23.1% of the market, and Linux COE paid shipments accounted for 2.8% of the market total in 2002.