Microsoft Faces Market Share Erosion on Two Fronts

A pair of reports this week show minor erosion of Microsoft's share in two separate desktop markets where the company dominates.

The trouble spots for Redmond are Internet Explorer and the Windows desktop.

On Monday, the Web analytics provider WebSideStory Inc. released a report showing Microsoft lost a percentage point in market share. Microsoft's Internet Explorer still enjoys overwhelming dominance at 92.9 percent of the browser market, in WebSideStory's Oct. 29 survey. But the latest survey shows a 0.8 percentage point slip since a Sept. 10 survey and a 2.6 percentage point drop since June.

The main gainer in the zero-sum game is the new Mozilla Foundation Firefox browser, which has been available in beta versions for several years and is expected to reach its 1.0 release later this month.

According to WebSideStory, Firefox now accounts for about 3 percent of the browser market. When Mozilla browsers are combined with America Online Inc.'s Netscape Communications browsers, they account for about 6 percent of the market. That's up 2.48 percentage points since September. Browsers from Opera Software and Apple Computer account for an additional 1.1 percent of the browser market.

Meanwhile, the IT publication Client/Server News this week reported that after listening to Microsoft's last earnings call, researchers at Credit Suisse figure that Microsoft has lost 2 percent to 3 percent of its global PC market share.

"If Asia continues to outpace the overall PC market, we believe client revenue growth could consistently underperform PC unit growth," the publication quoted Credit Suisse as writing. The bank attributes the loss primarily to piracy and Linux in Asia.

It is the second time Credit Suisse has published critical conclusions of Microsoft's client business recently. In August, the firm alleged that hefty system requirements for Windows "Longhorn" could create a drag on PC buying in 2006.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.


  • Vendors Issue Patches for Linux Container Runtime Flaw Enabling Host Attacks

    This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) described a high-risk security vulnerability (CVE-2019-5736) for organizations using containers that could lead to compromised host systems.

  • Windows 10 Version 1809 Users May Get Visual Studio Crashes

    Microsoft on Friday issued an advisory for Windows 10 version 1809 users about possible Visual Studio crashes.

  • Standardizing the Look of Outlook's Outbound Messages

    Microsoft typically gives users a blank canvas to compose new e-mails in Outlook. In some corporate environments, however, a blank canvas isn't a good thing.

  • Windows 10 'Semiannual Channel Targeted' Goes Away This Spring

    Microsoft plans to slightly alter its Windows servicing lingo and management behavior with its next Windows 10 operating system feature update release, coming this spring.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.