This seems to be a market stats day, so I thought I would mention the latest from OneStat:
OneStat.com ( www.onestat.com ), the number one provider of real-time intelligence web analytics, today reported that Microsoft’s Windows dominates the operating system market with a global usage share of 96.97 percent. The leading operating system on the web is Microsoft’s Windows XP with a global usage share of 86.80 percent.
The 10 most popular operating systems in the world on the web are: …
Here’s the top 6:
The magnitude of the Windows predominance on the Web isn’t really a surprise, although I would expect there are more of the older Windows versions tucked away doing non-Internet applications.
Ryan Naraine at eWeek:
Microsoft on Tuesday reissued the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Update Rollup to correct a range of embarrassing glitches haunting users of the enterprise-facing operating system.
The re-release comes less than three months after the software maker first shipped the Update Rollup with more than 50 security patches and system reliability fixes.
Immediately after the update shipped in June, Windows 2000 SP4 users complained that it broke third-party security applications and caused installation hang-ups.
Windows 2000 Worms Still Spreading
Zotob and its variants are affecting businesses, but home users remain largely unaffected.
Not a real surprise since Windows 2000 was never a home favorite plus the not surprising revelation from the study that was in the news in June by AssetMetrix that showed substantial continued use of Windows 2000 in business, particularly large organizations:
The report also found that while Windows XP is now the most popular operating system for companies with fewer than 250 PCs, Windows 2000 still has a greater than 50% market share in larger organizations.
Smaller businesses also don’t have an IT organization qualifiying all patches before they are applied, so given that they are actually applying updates, they are likely ahead of the malware writers.
In related news, Microsoft has updated their Malicious Software Removal Tool to remove Zotob.
That’s how The Register titles their article on the ZoTob worm:
Virus writers have created a worm that spreads using a Microsoft Plug-and-Play vulnerability disclosed only last week. The ZoTob worm exploits a security weakness detailed just five days prior to its arrival last weekend.
I can’t get too excited about an incident like this as a general rule, other than it is one more spot on the public’s perception of the whole personal computing experience and Microsoft products in particular. However, the quick reaction time of the malware writers in this case is alarming since many large IT organizations take a significant amount of time to qualify OS patches before rolling them out. It’s easy to say “why don’t they just roll out the patch when it is available,” but they also have to answer to the brass when a patch breaks a business critical application.