The original $20 bet that started this blog is “Microsoft will not have majority market share come June 30, 2011.” This bet I made with my friend Nick at the first annual South East Linux Fest in June 2009. The enthusiasm of meeting Michelle and Michael Hall of the Qimo for Kids Linux distribution and Amber Granger, a home maker and mother who is doing wonderful work for the Ubuntu community. The next generation of home desktop users are leaving Microsoft.
But how about the desktop users in the workpace? Now that Oracle has rebranded the Star Office as “Oracle Open Office,” businesses everywhere can get OpenOffice.Org support. Oralce is an American software company that has about 20,000 more employees than Microsoft. Now is the time for Oracle to tout the Oracle Open Office release before Microsoft releases its Office 2010 product. Users who were waiting for Microsoft to release the new office to fully use their Microsoft Sharepoint content management system can be supported by Oracle Open Office instead.
That’s right. Oracle out supports Microsoft on Microsoft products.
Today is a new day. May 8, 2010 to be exact. It is a good time to review where Microsoft has a majority market share:
1. Browsers – according to W3Counter, IE does not have a majority market share. Other anaylitics counters also see Internet Explorer’s market share tanking.
2. Office Suite – the OpenOffice.Org has impressive download counts. Between Oracle and IBM, corporate support will help bring business users into the open source age.
3. The Desktop OS – Mac and Linux user-base will continue to grow.
Today, Nick approached me to add a second $20 bet.
“Come June 30, 2011, Microsoft will lack majority office market share.”
Please leave commnets on your ideas on how to measure the market share count of office suites.