Access to the internet and cloud computing are increasingly important for enterprises and governments.
The latest data suggests that Microsoft is not the only tech giant to have a stake in the process.
As cloud computing becomes more prevalent and widely adopted, Microsoft’s influence in the space has been growing.
The tech giant’s dominance has been steadily increasing, with the company’s market share in cloud-based applications reaching 41.7 per cent in the last six months, according to Gartner.
But it has also been declining.
Microsoft’s share in the total market in cloud applications rose to 20.7 in December, from 17.2 in December 2016.
It is down from 20.8 in the same period a year earlier.
Microsoft is still the dominant player in the market, however.
Its share in enterprise and government cloud applications grew by a whopping 41.3 per cent to 25.3% in the period from June to December, according a Gartners analysis of market data released in January.
The report does not break down the exact reasons behind the rise in Microsoft’s cloud usage, but the company has been able to secure significant gains in the sector.
In the last two years, Microsoft has gained a share of the market in three key areas: software, services, and infrastructure.
It has also become a leader in the data analytics space, as its market share has increased from 0.3 percentage points to 5.6 percentage points over the same time period.
The market share gains for Microsoft have also been disproportionately large in the cloud, as the company was the only company to increase its share in this sector from 7.9 per cent a year ago to 21.1 per cent now.
The number of companies using Microsoft’s Azure cloud services is now up by more than 40 per cent compared with the same quarter a year before.
The growth of Microsoft in the enterprise and in the internet of things (IoT) has been equally dramatic.
Microsoft has jumped from 17th in the number of organisations using its Azure cloud platform in 2017 to the position of number two in the past six months.
In the last year, Azure has grown from a mere 13.7m users to more than 55m.
And in the four years since Azure’s launch in 2018, Microsoft had added more than 3.8m Azure users, up from about 2.3m a year prior.
The rapid rise of Azure has also led to a boom in the companies using its Windows 10 platform, which is now the most popular operating system for enterprises.
Microsoft now has more than 100 million Windows 10 customers, up 30 per cent from last year.
The latest data shows that Microsoft has also increased its share of cloud computing services, as well as its share for the web and its own cloud-hosting service.
Microsoft saw its share jump from 0 to 10.5 per cent of the cloud market in 2018.
It increased to 15.3 percent in 2019, then jumped to 21 per cent the following year.
Data from Gartens Cloud Services report also reveals that Microsoft’s overall share in IT services grew by nearly 30 per on the year to more as many as 65.6 per cent.
While Microsoft’s dominance in the new market has been increasing, it is clear that the company is not alone in its embrace of cloud services.
Google has also seen its share rise from 6.6 to nearly 20 per cent since 2018.
More data on Microsoft’s rise in the web will be published on TechRadars website later this month.