Windows steals top server OS spot from Unix

Microsoft's Windows edged out Unix in 2005 as the best-selling server operating system, research firm IDC said Wednesday, marking the first time Unix hasn't held the top spot in more than a decade.

Windows servers accounted for $17.7 billion in revenues last year, the Framingham, Mass.-based research company said, while Unix-powered servers took in $17.5 billion.

The trend of Microsoft besting Unix appears to be accelerating, noted IDC. Windows server sales climbed 4.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005, year-over-year, while Unix server revenues dropped 5 percent. Linux, meanwhile, posted double-digit year-over-year growth: fourth quarter 2005's numbers were 20.8 percent higher than 2004's.

There are no comments at this moment. Be the first to post your opinion.

 Notify me when someone responses to this thread.

Add comment

Please do not post comments that contain any of the following:

  • foul language, flaming or personal attacks
  • links to illegal software downloads or product keys, or requests for them
  • or any other harmful posts

WinInsider staff reserves the right to delete such messages and ban users without notice.

Additional Comment Guidelines.

Name: 

You are not Log-in. To write a comment as anonymous leave Name field blank.

Comment: 

   spell-check  

Announcements

NEW Now you can receive WinInsider.com news notification thru MSN or Windows Messenger.

MSN Alerts

About WinInsider

Monthly Newsletter

Email:

Name (optional):

Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Services

MSN Alerts
Receive WinInsider.com news notification thru MSN or Windows Messenger. MSN Alerts
NetAgent
Popup killer for IE, News Alerts, POP3 Email Alerts, spell-check, word definitions, and a lot more...
Mobile News
RSS Feed  updated
WinInsider Services
Now you can tap into the rich functionality of NetAgent to work for your site and add other rich services such as search and notifications to enhance your site!