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Market Share Analysis: Operating System Software, Worldwide, 2014

Published: 22 May 2015

ID: G00273554

Analyst(s): Matthew Cheung


Continued weak PC sales and the continued fall of Unix OSs pushed the overall OS market to decline 2.8% to $32.8 billion in 2014. Among the top five vendors, only Red Hat and Apple saw growth.

Table Of Contents

Market Share Data

Overall Market Segment Performance Analysis

  • Client OS Market Suffered From Declining PC Shipments
  • Server OS Market Grew Modestly
  • Overall OS Revenue Declined in Most Geographies

Top Vendors Analyzed

  • Microsoft Maintained Share With Average Market Growth
  • IBM Recorded a Deep Negative Year
  • Red Hat Grew in the Double Digits Again
  • HP's Loss Deepened
  • Apple's Growth Accelerated

Other Notable Vendors

  • Oracle Linux Grew While Solaris Continue to Decline

Mergers and Acquisitions

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