Chart: PC industry resets, aims to return to growth

The traditional notebook and desktop PC industry experienced its best quarter in nearly two years, according to numbers released by the Gartner research firm this week. Yes, shipments declined by 1.7 percent, but that was much better than in recent quarters, exceeding forecasts for the period. Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP played a… Read More


New forecast: PC market down 7% in 2014, tablets up 39%

Just in time for new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s expected introduction of an Office suite for iPad today, new numbers from Gartner show how business and consumer buying trends are continuing to upend Microsoft’s traditional PC business. Worldwide shipments of traditional desktop and notebook PCs will decline by 6.6 percent, to 276.7 million units, the… Read More


Forecast: Microsoft third in tablets through at least 2016

The launch of Windows 8 later this year will give Microsoft a boost in the media tablet market, making Windows-based machines a viable competitor against Android tablets and the iPad, but the company is still destined to be the No. 3 player through at least 2016, according to new projections from the Gartner research firm… Read More


Data: Windows Phone trails pack in Q1, waiting for a Nokia bump

More than 3.6 million smartphones running Microsoft’s operating system were sold to end users worldwide in the first quarter, according to data released this morning by the Gartner research firm. However, only 1.6 million of those were running the new Windows Phone OS, the report says — which appears to mean that legacy Windows Mobile… Read More