Operating System Software booms, Microsoft leads
By siliconindia | Thursday, 28 April 2011, 06:50 Hrs
Bangalore: The market of Operating system software is on roll, as it witnessed a hike to almost 7.8 percent to $ 30.4 million in 2010 from $28.14 billion in 2009, said a research report form Gartner. And Microsoft Windows is undoubtedly the king of operating systems (OS). Almost 8 out of every $10 dollar are spent in U.S. on Microsoft's operating system . The dominant presence of windows in the market can be felt by its market share. As per March 2011, Windows XP records a market share of 54.39 percent, Windows 7 is 24.17 percent. Thus Microsoft captured the overall market with staggering 78.6 percent market share. An operating system is software that runs on computers and mobiles, and manages hardware resources consisting of programs and data, and provides common services for execution of various software applications. Mac OS records the second position in operating system market. It is the fastest growing OS in the year 2010. As far the clients are concerned, Windows is leading the market at top position with the adoption of Windows 7, followed by Mac OS. Windows revealed that it sold 350 million licenses of Windows 7 and its client revenue increased to 9.2 percent in 2010 to 7.5 percent in 2009. The strong sales of Apple Mac desktops and laptops including Apple tablets and mobile services Mac OS grew to 15.8 percent to a size of $520 million in 2010. Within the Unix OS market, IBM AIX registered high single digit growth but Unix had a comparatively modest growth. Apart these leaders in the OS world, Linux is among the fastest growing sub segments in the server as the end users looked out for more open standard systems. IBM stood with 7.5 percent share and HP with 3.7 percent. Most striking was Oracles fourth position in 2010 from eight in 2009. This competition among these bigges is expected to be stiffer, as companies gear up to introduce exciting and innovating operating system software.