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VNU Net: 2001: yet another tough year - for Microsoft

Jan 03, 2001, 16:41 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Branton)

"Sun will be tough to beat in the Unix space: it now has nearly half of the total Unix server market, and has built strong mind share in this space. However, the dotcom downturn will hit it harder than other companies, and rivals such as IBM and HP, which have solid 'bricks and mortar' customer bases, could gain ground as those customers ramp up their online efforts."

"Another contender however could be Linux, for several years now the bridesmaid in the server market, but now looking to catch a few bouquets of its own. The tail end of last year saw a rash of customer announcements featuring Linux in various business uses, including Telia, a Scandanavian telco, and Royal/Dutch Shell."

"Which isn't good news if you work for a certain company in the Seattle area, of course. While Windows 2000 is picking up momentum, it hasn't been the world beater people thought it would be when it was being talked up as Windows NT 5. Microsoft probably won't be broken up this year, it will certainly sell a heck of a lot of software, but it's finding life in the enterprise arena harder than in the desktop one."

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