This afternoon I read an article over at TG Daily which reported that Microsoft is losing market share in not only the browser market but also in the operating system arena. We have all read the reports how other browsers have been slowly taking market share away from Internet Explorer. The report states that Internet Explorer has dropped to a nine year low to under 70%. But the report also states that Windows uses has dropped to under 90% which is the lowest in over 15 years.

According to the article it states that:

Windows market share is generally believed to have peaked at 97.5% in the 2002-2003 time frame. Of course, we were interested in finding out about the timeframe when Windows crossed the 90% market share mark on the way up. It turned out that we had to go back quite a bit and if we believe this story published in December 2005 by Ars Technica, then Microsoft cleared the 90% hurdle in 1993 or 1994 with Windows 3.11. On a personal note, this is about the time when this author was first confronted with a Windows PC and was fascinated by the simplicity of the operating system (well, at least from the view of the time back then.)

If we dive a bit deeper in the most recent operating system market share developments, then it is interesting to see that while Vista is now listed with a market share of nearly 20.5%, it is far from being able to pick up the market share older Windows versions are losing. For example, Windows XP lost about 2.4 points (from 68.67% to 66.31%) over the past three months, but Vista gained only 2.1 points (18.33% to 20.45%). And we are talking only about XP here: Windows 2000 lost an additional 0.35 points, Windows NT 0.03 points, Windows 98 0.05 points and Windows Me 0.02 points, according to Net Applications.

Interesting article. This could explain the advertising explosion that we have seen from Microsoft during the past few months. It could also explain the more open approach that Microsoft seems to be taking on their newest operating system Windows 7.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.