Microsoft Continues to Lead Worldwide Office Suite Market, According to Dataquest
First Quarter Results Show Lotus Made Gains
San Jose, Calif., July 15, 1996—The worldwide suite market showed substantial growth as first-quarter unit shipments increased 52 percent over the fourth quarter of last year, according to Dataquest. Microsoft was the top vendor, but its market share dropped from 82.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 1995 to 76.5 percent for the first quarter of this year. Lotus increased its shipment market share from 15.4 percent in the fourth quarter last year to 20.1 percent in the first quarter this year.
Microsoft's first quarter shipments actually increased 43 percent from the fourth quarter of last year, while Lotus' shipments increased 98 percent over the fourth quarter of last year (see Table 1).
"The renaissance of Lotus' SmartSuite in these figures demands some examination," said Chris Le Tocq, director and principal analyst of Dataquest's Personal Computing Software program. "These are shipment shares that include a significant OEM component and can be misleading. Nevertheless, even if the actual units used are not as large as the shipment figures would indicate, Lotus' strategy is a success as an example of targeting an increment in usage."
Preliminary Worldwide Quarterly Suite Shipment Estimates
(Thousands of Units)
Q4/95 Q4/95 Market Q1/96 Q1/96 Market Vendor Shipments Share (%) Shipments Share (%) Microsoft 3,011 82.3 4,256 76.5 IBM/Lotus 564 15.4 1,117 20.1 Corel/Novell 85 2.3 190 3.4 Total 3,660 100.0 5,563 100.0 Source: Dataquest (July 1996)
Microsoft's revenue share is still at 90 percent. Novell lifted its share from 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter of last year to 3.5 percent in the first quarter of this year. While Lotus had a strong quarter in unit shipments, its revenue share dropped to 6.7 percent in the first quarter (see Table 2).
Preliminary Worldwide Quarterly Suite Revenue Market Share Estimates
Vendor Q4/95 Q1/96 Microsoft 90.4 89.8 IBM/Lotus 8.1 6.7 Corel/Novell 1.5 3.5 Source: Dataquest (July 1996)
Additional information about the suite market is available through Dataquest's Personal Computing Software program. A quarterly breakdown of the suites market for the past year is available in the Dataquest Alert entitled, "First Quarter 1996 Suite-Lotus Plays the IBM Card." For more information about purchasing this Dataquest Alert or about subscribing to Dataquest's Personal Computing Software program, please call 800-419-DATA.
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Dataquest, founded in 1971, is a global market research and consulting company serving the high-technology and financial communities. The company provides worldwide market coverage on the semiconductor, computer systems and peripherals, communications, document management, software, and services sectors of the information technology industry. Dataquest is a GartnerGroup [ http://www.gartner.com/ ] Company.