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Desktop PCs and the Windows desktop: Endangered species?

The PC industry worldwide sold 136 million desktop PCs last year, along with 160 million traditional notebooks driven by keyboards and touchpads. Those big numbers explain why Microsoft is feverishly improving the desktop experience for "the next iteration of Windows."

July 15, 2014

Free upgrades pay off for Apple and Microsoft in November

Latest worldwide usage figures for PC/Mac operating systems and browsers show little change in November, a traditionally slow month. But a close look at the numbers shows that the free Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks upgrades were a hit.

December 1, 2013

New usage stats show Windows holding steady as PC sales drop

The latest numbers from NetMarketShare show that the PC market might be slowing, but it's not changing much. Windows 8 is growing its share as people replace their old PCs, and despite vocal threats, no one appears to have replaced their Windows PC with a Mac or Linux.

June 1, 2013

Who's killing the PC? Blame the cloud

Gartner's and IDC's first quarter 2013 PC sales numbers look bad, but we shouldn't be surprised because we saw this coming nearly two years ago. Welcome to the Cenozoic era, Cretaceans.

April 12, 2013

2012: The tech year in numbers

The past year has been another tumultuous one for the tech industry. Here are some numbers that caught the eye throughout the year - from hackers to the Olympics, Raspberry Pi and the ongoing travails of HP.

December 24, 2012 by

UK PC market grows as Western Europe declines

The British PC market enjoyed a small increase in shipments in this year's first quarter, according to Gartner's preliminary numbers. However, Western Europe as a whole -- which includes the distressed markets in Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain -- saw a 3 percent decline to 15.

May 11, 2012 by

Numbers don't lie: Dell still in PC, not IT

Dell executives have portrayed the company as an IT outfit that can't be pigeonholed in the PC world anymore. Those statements, however, are largely aspirational today. By the numbers, Dell is very tethered to the trusty PC.

February 28, 2012 by

Windows 7 converging slowly on Windows XP

Microsoft Windows 7 has now taken 30 percent of the PC operating system market, but it's still a long way behind Windows XP's 52 percent, according to numbers published today on the Netmarketshare website. As the name implies, the market shares are calculated from website traffic, and thus may not precisely reflect the global installed base.

September 1, 2011 by

Has Windows 7 already passed XP in the UK?

Microsoft Windows 7 is the fastest-selling PC operating system of all time, which it should be because the market is bigger now than when Vista and XP were launched. There's still some uncertainty about when -- not if -- it will be bigger than XP, but on StatCounter's numbers, Windows 7 has already overtaken XP in the UK.

April 11, 2011 by

When will XP finally fade away?

As I noted yesterday, Windows 7 has begun displacing XP among early adopters. How long will it take before the broad PC market follows the same path and kicks XP to the curb? I crunched some numbers using data December 2008 to the present and came up with a date that surprised even me. What's your prediction?

August 19, 2010 by

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