Recently, ABI Research published a study showing that Microsoft Windows is losing ground in a growing market: QNX and Windows Embedded Automotive Market Share to Drop to 69% with Open Source Linux/GENIVI Grabbing 20% of Automotive OS Shipments by end of 2018
With this market expected to pick up a lot of steam over the next five years, it would be in the best interest of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to make some changes as a means of holding onto as much market share as possible. Of course, this is easier said than done.
For a better idea of exactly what the company is facing at this time, check out the following information:
“ABI Research forecasts that the number of OEM-installed connected car telematics systems will increase from around 7.8 million at the end of 2012 to 46.8 million units globally by the end of 2018, with Linux/GENIVI platforms accounting for an increasing percentage of shipments during the period.
At present, QNX Software and Microsoft together account for around 75 to 80% of the car-infotainment OS market. However, questions remain about the long-term future of proprietary automotive OSes.”
This is an interesting story that shows how dominant Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been up to this point in time. The long term future is what the company should be concerned with at this time.
Here is more from the piece:
“Although open source software has only appeared in one high-profile application so far: the Linux-powered CUE infotainment system in the 2013 General Motors Cadillac model range, ABI Research expects that Linux and Linux GENIVI-based platforms will slowly displace Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Automotive OS in importance, despite the fact that it too has taken steps to “open-up” parts of its platform.”
It will be interesting to see how much this market grows in the years to come, and whether or not Microsoft is able to hold onto its lead at the top. It may be losing ground to Open Source Linux/GENIVI, but only time will tell what the future will bring.
Despite the fact that this can be seen as bad news for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), it is actually good to see the company at the top right now.