Microsoft has taken the world by storm with desktop operating systems such as Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and server software such as Windows NT and Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003.
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In May 2007, Microsoft Windows XP, which includes Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional, accounted for 82% of the desktop operating system market. Windows 2000 is being used on 4.3% of PCs, and the latest Windows Vista operating system holds 3.74% of desktop share.
In total, Microsoft Windows software now runs on around 93% of the planet’s PCs, with desktop operating systems such as Mac OS X, Linux and Unix sharing the remaining 7% share.
Windows software has been a popular choice on the desktop since Microsoft first introduced its Windows software in 1985. At the time, Microsoft Windows was a revolutionary move away from command line operating systems like Microsoft MS-DOS.
As the Windows platform has evolved, Microsoft has added greater integration into internet and media-centric applications such as Internet Explorer , Windows Media Player and the Microsoft Office Suite.
For many businesses, the high levels of interoperability between Windows products have helped them standardise their IT systems. But the move has also caused law makers to call into question Microsoft’s alleged monopolistic practices.
Nevertheless, Microsoft continues to develop Windows, adding greater integration, innovations such as Windows Update, and better security.
For example, the latest Windows Vista operating system comes with new graphical and security technologies, and Microsoft Windows now supports 64-bit processors with Windows XP 64-bit Edition.
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