Market research firms International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner typically post similar numbers when analyzing the PC market, and so when Gartner reported U.S. PC shipments dropped 6 percent in the fourth of 2011, we knew it would only be a matter of time before IDC posted equally despairing numbers. Actually, IDC's figures aren't quite as bad, indicating that stateside shipments dropped a little less than 5 percent, but don't take solace in that number.
It’s December, and you know what that means: egg nog, Christmas trees, and Internet top ten lists from both the year past and the year to come. One early attempt at divination amounts to a lump of coal in Microsoft’s stocking: IDC doesn’t exactly expect the desktop version of Windows 8 to leap off the shelves. In fact, the analysis firm bluntly says that Windows 7 users probably won't even care about the new OS when it launches.
You may have already noticed that the cost of hard drives has shot up since the severe flooding in Thailand. In addition to bringing devastation to the people and economy in that region, the flooding also disrupted operations at more than a dozen hard drive factories, resulting in "significant" damage. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), this will have a direct impact on worldwide PC shipments through at least the first half of 2012.
The worldwide PC microprocessor market grew its revenues 12.2 percent to $10.7 billion in the third quarter of 2011, and was up 16.1 percent compared to one year prior, according to the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The jump in revenue is partially the result of a rise in the average selling price (ASP) OEMs fork over for computer chips.
After Lenovo talked the talk, the PC builder walked the walk and made good on its promise to push Dell aside to become the world's second largest PC maker, according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC). Lenovo jumped ahead of Dell by claiming a 13.7 percent share of global PC shipments in the third quarter of 2011, up from 10.4 percent one year prior. Dell, meanwhile, dropped from 12.6 percent in Q3 2010 to 12 percent currently.
The Earth isn't flat (Flat Eath Society begs to differ), and neither are tablet or eReader shipments. On the contrary, these devices are flying off the shelves all around the globe. The folks over at International Data Corporation (IDC) did some number crunching and determined that media tablet shipments jumped nearly 89 percent on a sequential basis, and a mind boggling 303.8 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2011.
Whenever you’re talking about the PC market these days, the talk inevitably turns to doom and gloom. HP ditching PCs! Tablets eating into sales! Everyone already has Windows 7! And on and on. Even our ever-optimistic PC enthusiasm can become kind of dulled in the midst of all the bad news. The dark cloud of slumping sales may soon be over, though; a new report expects the PC market to regain momentum in 2012.
Just four short years. That’s how long IDC says it’s going to take for mobile internet usage to surpass wired use. They base these estimates on the explosion in sales of smartphones and tablets, as well as the new innovation in mobile networks. IDC also suggests that by 2015, web access on PCs is going to begin declining.
For as long as PCs have been around, Americans have been the ones buying them. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the old Stars n’ Stripes dominated the PC salescape when you remember that the field was pioneered by US-based companies like Apple and IBM. Now, that streak has come to an end; a new report says that China surpassed the US in both PC shipments and sales in the second quarter of 2011.
The Flat Earth Society has it all wrong, it's not the third rock from the Sun that is flat, but microprocessor chip sales. That's the conclusion reached by the International Data Corporation (IDC), a market research firm tasked with figuring such things out. According to IDC, worldwide PC processor shipments in the second quarter of 2011 dipped 2.9 percent compared to the first quarter and were downright flat compared to the same quarter one year ago, rising a measly 0.6 percent.