Office 365 emerging strongly on the business market

About 5 years after Office 365 was launched, nearly one third of Dutch corporate sites are using the suite. This collection of internet services is particularly popular in education with nearly three-quarters of sites using the Microsoft solution. This has emerged from an analysis of about 3,300 interviews which Computer Profile has conducted over the past six months with IT managers from Dutch company offices with at least 50 employees.

In January 2013, Microsoft introduced the Office 2013 version. At present, almost one quarter of all Office applications is the 2013 version. Office 2016 was launched on 22 September 2015 and about 4 percent of Dutch corporate sites are currently using this latest version.

Office 2010 suite is used the most: 40 percent of surveyed applications are this version. Office 2007 is also still used and accounts for about 3 percent.

Just as with the business market for PC operating systems, Microsoft also has little competition on the office applications market. Google seems to be the closest rival here with a share of about 5.5 percent of the installed base. Open source variants like Open Office and Libre Office are used only to a limited degree. All those applications together form merely about 1% of all office applications.

Windows Operating Systems

Seven years after the official introduction, nearly 90 percent of Dutch corporate offices work with Windows 7. This makes it by far the most popular operating system on computers operated by end users. This has dropped by 2 percent as compared to the previous year.

The latest operating system is Windows 10, which was introduced on 29 July 2015. The first locations to use this system are now visible. Four years after its introduction, Windows 8 is enjoying a penetration level of 25 percent, whilst last year this was still 27 percent. It appears that many companies have finally replaced Windows XP with a newer system, since its level of penetration has dropped from 28 percent last year to 10 percent now.

Seven years after its introduction, Windows 7 is still the platform which is used most. 86 percent of corporate offices interviewed use this variant. Windows Vista has never acquired a respectable market share on the Dutch business market. In 2010, 10% of companies said that they used it. In 2012, that figure had halved, whilst at present only 1 company is using Vista.

Over the last 10 years, Windows XP has undoubtedly been the operating system which has been used most. Although the system was introduced as far back as 2001, 10% of company offices still use desk tops or laptops which operate on this system. The product’s decline has clearly accelerated since it reached the end of its life in April 2014.

Within the commercial sector, locations from IT and Telecom & Utilities have opted most often for Windows 8. Over a third of these companies use the latest Windows platform. In the public sector, the government and education segments are leading the way in the migration to Windows 8. Four years after the introduction, about one third of government institutions use Windows 8 while this was one quarter last year.