Microsoft Uses Numbers to Prove Dominance

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-06-28 Print this article Print


Shaw also takes it to the Linux server folks, another crowd Microsoft has routinely waged war with-guerrilla and otherwise. He calls out the numbers for Linux servers and gives the numbers as he sees them. Shaw says Linux commanded 24 percent of the server market in 2004, and the predicted server market share for Linux in 2007 (made in 2005) was to be 33 percent. Yet, as of the fourth quarter of 2009, Linux only held 21.2 percent of the server market. Of course, these numbers-perhaps more than some of the others-need to be vetted. But that does not diminish Shaw's effort.

It's the sheer directness of his approach that makes it stand out. And the fact that he names names. Shaw also took on-Microsoft's latest legal combatant, as the two companies have sued one another. has hired superlawyer David Boies to handle its case. Boies is said to have "beat" Microsoft in the past as the lead government attorney in Microsoft's landmark antitrust trial. And while Boies did show all kinds of legal sleight of hand in the courtroom, his only "victory" was to air some Microsoft dirty laundry and make Bill Gates look bad in a deposition. Although a trial judge wrote a scathing ruling calling for Microsoft to be broken into three, Microsoft won on appeal. Much the same outcome is anticipated here-a lot of sound and fury vindicating nothing and no one. Particularly not Marc Benioff, CEO of

Said Shaw: "100 percent chance that CEO will mention Microsoft in a speech, panel, interview or blog post."

Meanwhile, Shaw talks hosted e-mail, the cloud, search and other stuff, citing Microsoft's dominance or growth in the areas.

But because there was not much he could say about Microsoft's bungling of its handling of the company's mobile story, he tried to play it safe. He talks about the number of iPhone sales versus sales of Nokia phones and smartphones overall. But what about versus Microsoft-supported phones? What about versus Windows Mobile or Windows Phone? Where are those numbers? Who ya gonna call, Frank?

Meanwhile, closing his post (and being a bit ominous about the future), Shaw simply gave Microsoft's revenue figures in 2000 versus 2009. He shows that Microsoft's revenue more than doubled from $23 billion in 2000 to $58.4 billion in 2009. Will it double again in another 10 years? 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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