The US operating systems software market has been forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% over the next five years, to reach a market value of 451.3 billion by 2017.
As businesses update their software to improve efficiency and personal computer sales increase, industry revenue is expected to increase 1.6% to $36.1 billion in 2012.
A majority of this market growth can be attributed to the fact that the industry's major firms - Microsoft and Apple - are both set to release new versions of their operating systems over the next year, contributing to an expected increase in demand.
The US operating systems software market has maintained profitability over the five years to 2012 on the back of it becoming an essential product.
Since operating systems are essential to computer usability, the industry has benefitted from the vital role computers have taken in the day-to-day operations of consumers and businesses alike.
The industry is predominantly dominated by the larger companies, which probably explains why the US operating systems software market only contains an estimated 968 companies. Across these businesses an estimated 97,175 workers are employed.
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