Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, the world's top two PC vendors, also both saw PC shipment increases during the first quarter.
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IDC analysts said Dell and IBM wound up "in a statistical tie," as each held roughly nine percent a piece.
Lenovo, HP, and Dell are increasing their collective dominance of the PC market, with Apple as the only threat. So how are the three big OEMs coping with sweeping changes in the computing landscape?
Dell has announced the launch of a number of new client solutions to further bolster the company's PC business.
The first major tech retailer to see its Black Friday ad leaked will have doorbusters that include a $149.99 8-inch tablet, a $189.99 laptop, and a $199.99 desktop all powered by the latest version of Windows.
Dell cribs design cues from its XPS line to bring a 13-inch 2-in-1 to market. Will enterprises bite?
The flagship desktop from Dell's gaming arm features a new "triad" shape and the latest Intel Haswell-E Extreme Edition processors.
Dell Optiplex Dual Core 3.4GHz PC for $175
Guy who founded the "mail-order" PC business took the company private because investors wouldn't let him "be bold and take risks", and the reasons Dell went public in the first place no longer mattered.
The two computing pioneers will see benefits from the relationship, not least NetSuite's push to give Dell a better enterprise focus now it's gone private.
There's some optimism around HP's services and printer businesses, but analysts aren't thinking that highly of servers and PC revenue right now.
PC maker Dell is keen to focus its future on enterprise, but is restructuring first by laying off employees in other departments as part of its 'voluntary separation program'.
Dell's Wyse division, takes an HDMI stick, adds some Android, mixes in some thin-client sauce, and bakes up a new kind of portable PC.
Despite some optimism here and there, Gartner also labeled 2013 as "the worst decline in PC market history, equal to the shipment level in 2009."
Anyone who purchases a new Dell Venue tablet or Dell XPS, Inspiron or Alienware PC will also be eligible to receive 20GB of free Dropbox space for a year.
PC makers haven't had much luck with tablets, but the pieces are falling into place to build a credible contender with Android or Windows 8. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out two new tablets from Dell that illustrate how PC companies are trying to catch up.
Specials include the new Venue 8 Android tablet for $129.99, and an Inspiron 15 notebook doorbuster for $199.99.
Intel launched a bevy of new processors and filled the channel to prep for the launch of Windows 8.1 devices such as 2-in-1 systems. Analysts have been cautious about the prospects for a fourth quarter PC upgrade cycle.
But analysts warned that this report should not be construed as a comeback for the global PC industry.
Dell unveiled a line of Venue Windows 8 and Android tablets, an 11-inch hybrid and a couple premium XPS Ultrabooks that it hopes will shake the PC market out its slump.
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