Microsoft Windows dominates POS terminal market

Microsoft dominated the 2007 North American POS (point of sales/service) terminal market, with a 68.3 percent share, according to figures released by IHL Group. Linux grew its installed base by nearly a third, but still trailed in third place overall behind IBM's 4690 terminals. The revenue figures take into consideration both new device shipments, as […]

Microsoft dominated the 2007 North American POS (point of sales/service) terminal market, with a 68.3 percent share, according to figures released by IHL Group. Linux grew its installed base by nearly a third, but still trailed in third place overall behind IBM's 4690 terminals.

The revenue figures take into consideration both new device shipments, as well as maintenance costs on existing terminals installed in the U.S. and Canada, the research firm said. Terminals running Microsoft's Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS) and Windows XP Embedded were considered, along with those running earlier versions of Windows. Together, such terminals accounted for $3.8 billion of the $5.56 billion market, IHL said.

Linux ran a distant third, with a $475 million share representing 8.5 percent of the market. However, Linux's installed base rose some 32 percent year-over-year. The installed base of Microsoft-based terminals, in comparison, grew by 400,000 units, IHL said.

Trailing Microsoft in second place were IBM's 4690 terminals, which reportedly accounted for $1.02 billion, or 18.3 percent. DOS and other OSes accounted for the remaining 4.9 percent of the market.

The study also found the following trends, which began in 2006 and are expected to continue through 2008:
  • Department stores showed negative growth
  • Specialty stores, quick service/fast food restaurants and "supercenters" provided the greatest growth
  • LCDs and touchscreens are replacing aging hardware in grocery stores

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