PC still Rules

With all the hypes and buzzes about smartphones , macs, and tablets, it doesn’t look like PCs go anywhere anytime soon. According to market researcher Gartner, Worldwide PC shipments this year are projected to increase 22 percent from a year ago to 376.6 million units, while spending is expected to rise 12 percent to $245.4 billion.

Microsoft says it has sold more than 100 million licenses for Windows 7 since the software came out in October, making it the company’s fastest-selling PC operating system. In contrast, Apple and other makers of tablet devices will ship an estimated 10 million of the devices this year.

Intel Corp. executives assert that the rise of portable computers has reinvigorated PC sales. Instead of one desktop a household, there can now be one portable computer for each person in a home. The chip giant says netbooks — the small, low-priced relative of laptop computers — have sold more quickly in the past two years than the iPhone, iPod or other recently released high-tech products.

Nor do Apple products dominate their markets. The Macintosh accounted for less than 4% of global PC sales in 2009, while its share of smartphone operating system stood at 14.4%, in third place in a market led by Nokia Corp., with 46.9%, Gartner said.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

One Response to PC still Rules

  1. Greg Bohrn says:

    Not surprising. Smart phones are for gadget people. Corporations and Schools are not buying smart phones and tablets as PC replacements. Until that happens, the PC will continue to thrive. But what isn’t shown in the article is the advancement of netbooks in the market. Most users do not need much power as they surf the Internet, read their email and write a word document or 3. Doesn’t require a $2500 computer to do this. A netbook, IPad, Dell Streak or a smartphone that can link to a monitor, keyboard, etc will do. But people are not that aware of how powerful the smaller gadgets are and do not use them to their potential. Been a software engineer, architect, manager for along time and have been following these trends on the bleeding edge. Companies like Qualcomm are striving to replace the PC with some form of portable MID (Mobile Internet Device). It will happen eventually, but the average Joe does not move at the speed of tech. By the way, I still use a Powerful Desktop for my heavy lifting development and several laptops for different purposes as well as smartphones, tablets, etc as dev targets.

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