Government purchases of software totalled almost $17 billion globally in 2002, and the figure is expected to grow by about 9% a year for the next five years, according to IDC. Microsoft controls a relatively small part of this market, with sales to governments estimated at around $2.
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In 2004, 50% of storage costs will be hardware related and 50% will be "other", meaning software, services and miscellaneous new expenses.
54% of respondents to the Jupiter survey cited file sharing as their reason for switching to broadband. And 31% of all current broadband customers said they use file-sharing applications.
Dieringer compares this to the $93.1 billion actually spent online in the past year.
A 1% price increase at BN.com pushes sales down 4%, making price rises a bad idea.
Macrovision says that elsewhere in the world, primarily Europe and Japan, more than 150 million discs have been manufactured with its copy-protection technology.
Mi2g, which provides digital risk management research, said 67% of all successful overt digital attacks was done against the Linux OS, which has exploded in popularity but in the U.S.
Global sales for the 18 weeks to 6 September at the Dixons Group were up 19% on the same period last year. Like for like sales -- a measure which only compares stores that contributed to both sets of figures -- were flat for the UK.
In July, Nielsen//NetRatings reported Web publishers served 7.3 billion pop-up ad impressions.
The research firm said the market for flash cards is set to reach $2.75 billion in 2003, a 38 percent increase on the $1.