I read what I consider a rather surprising number here recently:
The Mac version of MS Office (the next version of which is running late) makes up 20% of MS Office sales.
I understood the desktop computer market to be about:
- Windows ~90%
- Mac ~5%
- Others ~5%
Some actual (very interesting) info here.
Based on these figures the 20% seems massively disproportionate. I wonder if this is only retail sales and excludes volume licensing, which is how most enterprises get their Office? Anyone know more? I think that must be the case, re-reading the article it is retail only. The original reference did not make that clear.
I wonder if VBA being dropped from Mac Office 2008 will hurt sales?
I didn’t see any stats for the Linux contribution to MS Office? I’m guessing that MS could leverage their Mac work to develop a Linux version of MS Office. But I really really can’t ever see that happening – can you?