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ComputerWorld: Microsoft, critics spar over server software competition

Feb 25, 2001, 16:54 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)

"In advance of the oral arguments, Microsoft critics such as the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) -- a Washington-based trade group that includes Sun Microsystems Inc., Oracle Corp. and other Microsoft rivals among its membership -- voiced concern about the future of competition in the server operating system market if the software giant is left intact."

"Ed Black, president of the CCIA, contended this week that Microsoft is "poised to capture the central nervous system" of corporate America -- the server market. According to preliminary data from Framingham, Mass.-based IDC that was released by the CCIA, Microsoft's share of server operating system unit shipments grew from 38% to 41% last year."

"IDC estimated that with the exception of Linux, which grew from 24% to 27%, market share declined for Unix and other server operating systems. Microsoft dominates the desktop and is "using that strength to influence people to use Microsoft software on the server, and that tactic is working extremely well," said IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky."

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