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October 19, 2005

Q3 PC Shipments Jump – Did Microsoft miss the boat?

Posted by David Hunter at 8:27 PM ET.

Nancy Weil in InfoWorldIDC, Gartner find Q3 PC shipment increases:

Spurred by low-priced computers, global shipments of PCs increased more than 17 percent in the third quarter, according to analyst companies IDC and Gartner Inc., which independently released figures from that period on Monday.

Low-cost and portable systems drove the increase, which occurred in spite of higher interest rates and surging oil prices, IDC said. PC market growth for the quarter was “remarkable” and maintained “relative independence from broader economic trends,” Loren Loverde, director of IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, said in a statement Monday.

Loverde’s counterpart at Gartner highlighted home demand for mobile computers as particularly strong in the quarter. Overall market growth was better than expected, said Charles Smulders, vice president of Gartner’s Computing Platforms Worldwide Group.

More details by following the link, but the net seems to be that inexpensive desktops and notebooks lead the parade with some of those desktops presumably being the inexpensive Media Center systems without TV tuners we’ve been hearing about.

Joe Wilcox makes the case for the thesis that Microsoft Vista has missed an important hardware upgrade cycle and as a result, more Vista technologies will have to be supported on Windows XP. I think he’s right, but the prolonged senescence of Windows systems is a continuing problem that will continue to afflict Microsoft and ISV’s too.



Filed under OS - Client, Windows Vista, Windows XP, XP Media Center

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