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February 08, 2008


Italo Vignoli

Microsoft has over 90% of market share according to Microsoft, based on a comparison of licenses and not counting open source software. These figures should be updated with a more realistic calculation. For instance, in Italy in 2007 Microsoft sold around 1.4 million licenses of Office 2007 (based on data provided by Microsoft on a global basis) and downloads of OpenOffice were over 1.8 million. While it's true that you cannot compare a license with a download, you should also take into account that licenses acquired with a corporate program do not necessary equal the number of users, and a single download may count for hundreds of users as you can install the software as many times as you want.

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