Free software market growing 22% per year

Free software guru "prefers" Microsoft to Apple

The world market for software free is expected to grow annually at a rate of 22.4 percent through 2013, according to recent IDC forecasts. In that year, world revenues are expected to rise to 8.1 billion dollars (about 5.6 billion euros).

The assessment of the adoption of software free as a strategic decision by companies is at the root of growth, says the consultant.

Hybrid business models and the opportunity to take advantage of open source as a competitive advantage are also indicated trends.

According to the consultant, the market has registered a strong boost in the last 12 months, despite the global economic crisis, proving to be better than expected.

The analysis also reveals that major suppliers such as IBM, Sun, Dell, HP and Oracle have managed to generate a significant amount of indirect revenue with the software open source.