[ruxp] IDC Anticipates Major Uptake with Upcoming Windows XP Release

  • From: "Karl Dallas" <karldallas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Microsoft press office" <mspressoffice@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,<ruxp@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, <ruxp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 07:54:38 +0100

17 Sep 2001 13:57
IDC Anticipates Major Uptake with Upcoming Windows XP Release 
Improved Reliability Coupled with Microsoft's Market Dominance Will Result
in 73 Million New License Shipments in 2002 
Microsoft's release of Windows XP is approaching and the new product will
likely appear in corporate accounts within a few short months of being
released, according to IDC. The global market intelligence and advisory firm
is forecasting that Windows XP sales will account for 67% of Microsoft's
worldwide client operating environment (COE) new license shipments during
"IDC sees Windows XP as Microsoft's best solution to date for powering
client environments," says Al Gillen, research manager for IDC's Systems
Software service. "Upon release, Windows XP will quickly take over the
momentum that Windows 98 and Windows Me have, and much of the momentum that
Windows 2000 Professional has in the market today."
Windows XP represents Microsoft's convergence to a single code base for both
consumer and business client operating environment products. While many
users are excited about the enhanced capabilities the product offers, others
are weary of upgrades, particularly those who will face another round of
hardware purchases to support the increased system resources required by
Windows XP.
Despite these impediments, IDC believes Windows XP will quickly replace the
shipments of existing Microsoft products and continue the company's
dominance in the client operating environments market -- although Windows XP
is not expected to create a surge in total client operating environment
shipments. IDC also believes PC original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will
move very quickly to offer Windows XP as the only choice on consumer
machines. For businesses, Microsoft's new volume licensing terms will both
encourage and mandate that businesses obtain the most current technology for
their client operating environment purchases - which after October 25 will
be Windows XP.
The Windows XP family consists of the following three products -- Windows XP
Professional, Windows XP Home, and Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. The
"Professional" and "Home" versions of the product represent the first time
that Microsoft has made a distinction between consumer use and business use.
This allows Microsoft more control over its customer base, product
positioning, and pricing.
IDC's newest report Windows XP: Huge Uptake Potential ... Little Alternate
Choice (IDC #25468) provides comprehensive coverage of Microsoft's Windows
XP release including complete background, product features, and potential
incompatibility issues. Also included are market accelerators and inhibitors
for Windows XP as well as models for sales through 2005.
To purchase this document, please contact Cheryl Toffel at 1-800-343-4952
extension 4389 or at ctoffel@xxxxxxx <mailto:ctoffel@xxxxxxx> .
About IDC
IDC delivers dependable, high-impact insights and advice on the future of
ebusiness, the Internet, and technology to help organizations make sound
business decisions. IDC forecasts worldwide markets and trends and analyzes
business strategies, technologies, and vendors, using a combination of
rigorous primary research and in-depth competitive analysis. IDC provides
global research with local content through more than 700 analysts in 43
countries worldwide. IDC's customers comprise the world's leading IT
suppliers, IT organizations, ebusiness companies, and the financial
community. Additional information can be found at http://www.idc.com/
<http://www.idc.com/> .
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