PC Market Experiences Growth For The First Time Since 2011
The worldwide PC market experienced growth for the first time in eight years in 2019. Market research firm IDC believes that worldwide PC shipments grew by 2.7 percent to 266.7 million devices globally.
Another firm, Gartner opines that it grew by 0.6 percent with 261.2 million devices sale. 2018 records the market’s first quarter of growth in six years which finally led to a full year of growth in 2019 for the first time since 2011.
Although, while Gartner and IDC agree that the PC market is currently experiencing growth, the two firms count devices slightly differently. Both firms include desktops, notebooks, and detachable tablets like the Surface, but Gartner excludes Chromebooks.
Both firms cite Windows 10 upgrades for the growth of the PC market. Plus, with Microsoft ending support for Windows, businesses around the world are being forced to at least upgrade their legacy devices. Gartner believes, that this will lead to a “vibrant business demand” for Windows 10.
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Windows 10 was installed on 900 million devices as of September 2019, according to Microsoft. Data from NetMarketShare suggests there are still millions of PCs that have not made the upgrade. This thus means that Windows 7 still being used on over 30 percent of desktops.
IDC believes that the advantages of upgrading to a new operating system are unlikely to last long. New technologies like 5G and folding screen devices on the horizon are going to take time to arrive.
Meanwhile, Apple sold fewer macs in 2019
Surprisingly, Apple has shipped fewer Macs in Q4 2019 than it did in Q4 2018, though the PC market has grown noticeably in Q4 2019 compared to the same quarter in 2018.
Neither Gartner nor IDC has detailed what might have been the reason behind the lack of growth of Apple’s Mac devices. The decrease in sales could be attributed to a nasty keyboard issue that Mac’s suffered in 2019.
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