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Operating Systems & Productivity Software Publishing in the US - Industry Market Research Report


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Operating Systems & Productivity Software Publishing in the US

The Operating Systems and Productivity Software Publishing industry has experienced a strong five-year period, with the increasing penetration of the internet making even more computer products a ubiquitous feature of daily life. Operating systems are necessary for computer usability, with industry products preinstalled on most new computers. As a result, industry revenue is highly correlated with sales of new computers. In the five years to 2016, the industry expanded, driven by sales to both consumers and business. Software is an ever-evolving product, with updates and new releases consistently stimulating demand for industry products. Moreover, high corporate profit will drive investment in computers and productivity software over the next five years, directly benefiting the industry. As a result, industry revenue is expected to continue growing over the five years to 2021. Despite these positive signs, the industry will be slightly threatened by the increasing prominence of mobile technology (operating systems for mobile devices are not included in industry products).

Companies in this industry develop and publish operating systems and productivity software for computers and servers. An operating system is the interface with which computer users interact, and productivity software includes basic applications like word processors, spreadsheets and slideshow creation tools. Companies may also generate revenue from tech support and software resales. This industry does not include computer hardware manufacturing or mobile phone operating system publishing.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2016)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Private investment in computers and software
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2016)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2016)
    • Table Business Locations 2016
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major players
    • Table Microsoft Corporation (US operating system and productivity software) - financial performance*
    • Table Apple Computer Inc. (US operating systems and productivity software) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs Growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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