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Washington Times: Microsoft likely to remain dominant

May 11, 2000, 13:26 (9 Talkback[s])

"By the end of the first quarter, Office suite of programs had an 87 percent share of the market for bundled, or prepackaged, office applications, according to Reston, Va.-based researcher PC Data Inc. Corel Corp.'s WordPerfect Office was a distant second with 12 percent of the market. ... Microsoft's hold on the market for operating systems remains just as tight. PC Data estimates Microsoft's Windows operating system, the program that runs a computer, has 72 percent of the market..."

"Linux, one of the few competing operating systems, is making a run at Microsoft in a segment of the market. Nearly all of the Linux operating systems on the market are in servers - the large computers that run Web sites and computer networks - rather than in personal computers, the market Microsoft controls."

"Microsoft led the industry with 31 percent of the market for server operating systems at the end of 1999, compared with Linux's 24 percent share, according to International Data Corp., a technology industry researcher in Framingham, Mass. But Linux is growing in the server market. It had a 15 percent share in 1998 and a 6 percent share in 1997. "We feel we are being successful in an area where Microsoft isn't dominant," said Bob Young, chairman and co-founder of Linux distributor Red Hat Inc., in Research Triangle Park, N.C."

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