"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."