Dataquest has sharply lowered its forecasts for Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system, due to the strength of Windows 3.1x and the promise of Windows NT.
Windows 95 is still set to be the number one operating system shipped in 1996, officials at the market research company say. But continued strong demand for Windows 3.1x and the idea that Windows 95 is really an interim step towards just-launched Windows NT Workstation 4.0, has led to a slower-than-expected adoption of Windows 95, officials say.
Dataquest estimates that 45.7 million units of Windows 95 will ship this year, down 27% from its earlier predictions, officials say. In contrast, shipments of Windows 3.1 are expected to drop from 39.6 million to 20.9 million units for the year, compared to Dataquest's earlier predictions of a drop to 9.5 million units.
Apple is expected to ship 5.4 million MacOS units and IBM 1.9 million units of OS/2.