By Rob Corder
Windows ME has shown consistent growth in Middle East market share over the past five months, while Windows 2000 registered a sharp increase this month.
The Middle East is showing a sharp uptake of Windows 2000 in January, according to visitor traffic reports from ITP.net. Windows Millennium has also shown steady growth in user numbers from October 2000 through to this month.
Over 95% of visitors who have registered on any part of ITP.net (e.g. for newsletters or competitions) are from the Middle East, so the operating system data is barely distorted by non-Middle East visitors.
Middle East customers seem to be following the upgrade path recommended by Microsoft. Windows 2000's gain from 6.0% in October to 10.9% in January has been at the expense of Windows NT, which has fallen from 7.1% to 5.0% over the same period.
At the same time Windows ME's gain from 5.0% to 9.7% over the five months is almost a mirror image of Windows 95's decline from 12.1% to 9.4%.
Windows 98 has shown almost no sign of being replaced as the region's favourite operating system, dropping a mere 0.9% of market share over the five month period.