DigiTimes: Market research firm NPD reports mixed news for software makers in 2009. On the one hand, U.S. operating system boxed software revenues increased 35 percent. On the other hand, overall revenues for non-game software declined by 7 percent to $2.4 billion. That was better than 2008's 10 percent decline, but still not the sort of results software makers were hoping to see.
One other category saw increases for the year--business software shipments were up 6 percent. But that was a direct result of average selling prices declining by 15 percent.
According to NPD, "The outlook for 2010 is for similar sales results as the lack of any operating system launches will likely be offset by the release of Office 2010."