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Market Share Analysis: Operating System Software, Worldwide, 2010

Published: 14 April 2011

ID: G00212436

Analyst(s): Alan Dayley , Matthew Cheung


The operating system software market grew 7.8% in 2010 to a size of $30 billion, particularly owing to the global economic recovery. The Linux (server) and Mac OS subsegments experienced the highest growth in 2010.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview

Market Share Data


  • Overall Market Segment Performance Analysis
  • Top Vendors Analyzed
    • Microsoft's Growth Driven by Positive Windows 7 Adoption and PC Refreshment Cycle
    • IBM Maintained Its Position
    • HP Sees Slow Growth
    • Oracle Now a Notable OS Vendor, With Acquisition of Solaris Business
    • Red Hat a Dominant Player in Linux (Server) Market
    • Mac OS Growth Driven by Mac Desktop and Laptop Sales
  • Other Notable Vendors
    • Novell
    • Hitachi
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • OS Product Map

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