Dataquest reckons that Windows 98 will capture 51 per cent of PC operating system shipments in 1998, and Microsoft OSs will run on 95 per cent by 1999.
The Gartner Group subsidiary says that worldwide shipments are projected to reach 110 million units in 1998, and Windows 98 will lead with 56.7 million units. Reflecting corporate moves to NT, Dataquest anticipates only "modest to low interest in Windows 98 upgrades, with Windows 98 upgrade shipments [amounting to] 5.5 million units".
Chris Le Tocq, director and principal analyst for Dataquest's personal computing software worldwide programme, commented: "This is the last hurrah for the current architecture. The next version of Microsoft's consumer operating system, Windows 2000, will be based on an NT kernel."
He added: "The business user transition from Windows 95 to NT Workstation is gradually emerging. Most new systems are shipping with 32Mbytes and with the rapid decline in Dram expense, the investment in a Windows NT system begins to look substantially similar to the investment in a Windows 98 system."
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