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OSNews: Following the Consumer Software's Market Status

Jan 21, 2004, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

"Computer users around the world while might be using different applications to do their paying job (e.g. a proprietary chemistry or biology app, or a high-end astronomy app etc) they all use the same 'basic' applications in their daily lives: email clients, web browsers, IM, calculators, media players, image viewers, system utilities etc. Now these applications come for free with the operating system and there are plenty of completely free alternatives on the web too. But (especially younger) consumers should realize that once upon a time these 'basic' free apps were costing real money. So, what happen to this software market of (basic today) applications?

"This market is pretty much dead. While there are a few shareware around that make a 'better media player' or a 'better email client', the reality is that no one expects to make money out of such apps anymore. So, what happened? What made this huge software market (10-15 years ago) to fail...?"

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