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Editor's Note: Windows 2000 Fails to Derail Linux
NT, 98/95 Users Decrease
November 13, 2000
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 systems.
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."
The research, carried out by WebSideStory's StatMarket, measures data on global Internet user trends, collecting user stats from nearly 200,000 Web sites, with usage share reflecting the percentage of Web surfers worldwide that are using a particular operating system.
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 installed base.
But on the flip side, it's pretty apparent that Microsoft has failed to make a dent in Linux growth (a topic that was not the subject of this survey, by the way). Keeping existing users may be a good defensive mechanism for Microsoft, but it leaves the market wide open for new users to move to Linux.