"When Microsoft Windows 2000 was released in February, many
predicted that it would gain marketshare at the expense of Linux
and other advanced 32-bit operating systems. But, according to a
study to be released tomorrow by WebSideStory, growth for Windows
2000 seems to have come from other Microsoft operating
"According to the study, Windows 2000 usage has grown from 0.10
percent in February (when it debuted) to 3.73 percent of computer
users in November 2000. As the report states: 'It appears to have
grown at the expense of other Microsoft operating
systems....Windows NT, Microsoft's long-running business OS, has
dropped from 7.25 percent to 5.99 percent during the same period.
Meanwhile, the combined usage share of Microsoft's two consumer
operating systems, Windows 98 and Windows 95, has dropped from 85.5
percent to 82.79 percent.'..."
"That the majority of Windows 2000's user base come as upgrades
from existing Windows users shouldn't be a surprise: Microsoft
controls 90 percent of the operating-system market and it would be
hard to imagine that most of the growth wouldn't come from this
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