New York (The Verge) — The PC market just had its first year of growth since 2011 theverge.com/2020/1/14/2106….
The worldwide PC market just grew for the first time in eight years, according to analysts. IDC reckons worldwide shipments of desktops, notebooks, and workstations grew by 2.7 percent, while Gartner has it pegged at 0.6 percent.
Both IDC and Gartner cite Windows 10 upgrades for the turnaround. With Microsoft ending support for Windows 7 today, businesses around the world are being forced to upgrade their legacy devices, leading to “vibrant business demand” for Windows 10, according to Gartner. Windows 10 was installed on 900 million devices as of September last year, according to Microsoft. Data from NetMarketShare suggests there are still millions of PCs that are yet to make the upgrade, however, with Windows 7 still being used on over 30 percent of desktops.
IDC says that the benefits from needing to upgrade to a new operating system are unlikely to last long, however, and while there are new technologies like 5G and dual- and folding-screen devices on the horizon, these are going to take time to arrive. Eventually Microsoft is going to have to stop supporting Windows 8, but the operating system’s market share is so small in comparison to Windows 7 that it’s unlikely to lead to the same amount of upgrades. — Jon Porter/@verge