Report Confirms Windows As Market Leader But, OSX And Linux Growing Rapidly

Apple’s Mac OS and Linux are two of the fastest growing operating systems in the market but Microsoft’s Windows continues to lead, Gartner has revealed.

According to research firm Gartner, the worldwide market for operating system software grew to $30.4 billion in 2010, a rise of 7.8 percent from 2009.

Gartner revealed that Mac OS and Linux were the fastest growing operating systems in the client and server OS respectively but Microsoft continued to dominate the overall OS market with a share of 78.6 percent.

The rise of Mac OS in the client side OS market was largely due to the increase in shipments of Mac desktop and laptops while Linux continued to grow as more and more companies opt for open standards for their server technology.

"Generally, client OSs outperformed server OSs and grew 9.3 percent in 2010, while the server OS segment grew 5.7 percent," said Matthew Cheung, principal research analyst at Gartner.

"The long-pending demand for PC refreshment was unleashed as the economy stepped out from the economic turndown, which drove growth of client OSs." he added.

Gartner revealed that RedHat was dominating the commercial Linux server market with its revenue from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server license increasing by 18.6 percent in 2010.