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  • IDC and Gartner agree: PC sales up year-over-year in 2nd quarter

    Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 09:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Not by much, but it’s the first uptick in about six years.

    Of course, you have to take into account the fact that 2Q 2017 results were absolutely dismal.

    IDC says:

    The desktop market saw shipments rising after a long decline with growth being driven by increased commercial purchases and supported by growing consumer demand for gaming systems. The enterprise shift to Windows 10 and an overall positive economic environment also helped maintain momentum on the notebook side.

    Gartner says:

    PC shipment growth in the second quarter of 2018 was driven by demand in the business market, which was offset by declining shipments in the consumer segment

    Which are two very different takes on an unexpected uptick.

    My two cents: Companies are ditching their old machines, replacing them rather than trying to upgrade-in-place to Win10. Individuals are moving to non-Windows platforms. Gamers are, as usual, bat-crazy. Thank goodness they have money to burn.

    Important clarification from Tom Warren on The Verge:

    IDC’s data crucially includes Chromebooks and excludes Windows tablets including devices with a detachable keyboard like the Surface Pro. Gartner counts Windows-based tablets as PCs and excludes Chromebooks or any non-Windows-based tablets.