REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 10, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced new data showing that the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server network operating system was the world’s best-selling server operating system in 1996. With its built-in Web server, Internet Information Server (IIS), Windows NT Server is the leading platform for intranets and the Internet.
According to the latest sales report from International Data Corp., sales of Windows NT Server grew by 85 percent in 1996, or about six times the rate of Novell NetWare. In another analysis, done by Computer Intelligence (CI) based on its extensive surveys of users in the United States and Western Europe, the rapid customer adoption of Windows NT Server has driven the overall growth for network operating systems.
“We were very impressed with the tremendous growth of Windows NT Server sales in 1996,” said Aaron Goldberg, executive vice president of CI. “This performance clearly shows a strong acceptance for Windows NT Server 4.0, and our analysis shows that it was the
No. 1-shipping server operating system in 1996, outshipping all other products in the new Intel-based server market.”
“We are very excited by the continued growth of the Windows NT Server business,” said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the personal and business systems group at Microsoft. “This growth is a direct result of customers’ acceptance of Windows NT Server, with its built-in Internet Information Server, as the platform for their intranets and Internet sites.”
The Platform of Choice for Intranets and the Internet
A recent study by Telecommunication Research Group (TRG) shows that Windows NT Server is the leading platform for intranets, representing 62 percent of new intranet server installations during the last quarter of 1996. In addition, the report shows that Windows NT Server was the No. 1 server operating system for Internet sites during the same time period, with 51 percent of new Web servers being installed on Windows NT Server. This is more than five times the number of Web servers being deployed by its nearest UNIX competitor. The same report shows that IIS is the Web server of choice for intranets, capturing 33 percent of the market, as compared to 24 percent for Netscape Web servers and 10 percent for Lotus Domino.
Enterprise customers that have deployed Windows NT Server, with its built-in IIS, as the platform for their corporate intranets include The Boeing Co., Compaq Computer Corp., Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Continental Airlines Inc., General Motors Corp., HarperCollins Publishers Inc., Merrill Lynch & Company Inc., NASDAQ, Nissan Motor Corp., Pennzoil Co., Taco Bell Corp., Southern Co., Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
According to Netcraft, a United Kingdom-based consultancy (http://www.netcraft .com/survey/) , Windows NT Server with IIS is the most widely used commercial Web platform for Internet sites, accounting for 23 percent of commercial Web servers deployed. In contrast, Netscape’s most popular server, Netscape Communications server, accounts for 13 percent of commercial Web servers deployed.
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