The PC market in the Asia-Pacific region continued to contract during 2014, but not as dramatically as it did in 2013, according to market analysis firm IDC.
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The fourth quarter also gave way to the biggest market share difference between Lenovo and its routine closest competitor in second place, Hewlett-Packard.
There was also a shuffle on the leaderboard with Apple moving up into the top five vendors worldwide.
Just days after announcing job cuts in its global PC business, the Japanese hardware vendor says it will invest US$1 billion over the next five years in Southeast Asia and wants to double sales to US$7 billion.
Several recent forecasts have hinted at comebacks for the PC industry, but the latest IDC forecast maintains a much more conservative outlook.
UPDATED: IDC figures aren't quite as hopeful as Gartner's latest pulse check on the PC industry.
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The convertible device market that is expected to carry the PC market will remain flat in terms of market share through 2018, according to IDC.
The New Zealand PC market saw a 22 percent surge for the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, recording the sale of 175,800 units for the quarter, according to IT market analysis firm, IDC.
The global market research firm adjusted its outlook for PC shipment declines toward the positive end of the spectrum -- but just by a smidge.
The global market intelligence firm described 2013's PC industry slump as "the most severe contraction on record."
The region marks its first annual double digit drop, dragged down by economic sluggishness in big emerging Asian markets, according to the research firm. Even top vendor Lenovo could not escape a slump in China.
Some of Poland's hardware companies are looking to start manufacturing PCs again, despite repeated proclamations the market is on life support. Is there life in the PC yet?
It's official. Linux gaming is going big time. Valve just announced more than a dozen new hardware Steam boxes from major gaming PC OEMs such as Alienware, Falcon Northwest, and Gigabyte
Some people are still in denial about the rise of the Linux operating system with the Chrome Web browser interface, Chrome OS, and its hardware: the Chromebooks. The experts say, however, it's the one segment of the PC market that's growing while everything else shrinks.
How low can they go? PC shipments continue to slide as hardware companies still grapple with the rise of tablets.
But analysts warned that this report should not be construed as a comeback for the global PC industry.
Its currency may be depreciating along with other currencies in the region, but Indonesia offers much potential for hardware manufacturers with a largely untapped 3 percent PC penetration rate.
At the IFA tradeshow in Berlin, Microsoft's hardware partners are showing off the next generation of Windows-powered hardware, a category Intel calls "two-in-ones." By year's end, the market should be flooded with devices that can shift from PC to tablet on the fly. But who's buying?
IDC expects worldwide PC shipments to decline even further than first thought, partly in due to a PC market decline but also a further expansion in tablet and smartphone sales.
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