Since the outbreak of portable alternatives, PC shipments have been slowing down slowly by slowly. This scenario however changed in 2019. According to reports from both Gartner Inc. and its close competitor IDC, PC shipments in a single year have, for the first time, increased since 2011.
Compared to a similar period in the previous year, global shipments improved in Q4 2019 by 2.3%.
Shipments went up to 70.6 million units, according to research firm Gartner Inc, while IDC said in its report that the total units shipped were 71.8 million units, representing a 4.8% rise.
The rise in shipments has been attributed to a move by commercial customers switching to buy new PCs to utilize Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 OS after the company announced plans to ditch the good old Windows 7 Operating System.
Microsoft is ditching support for Windows 7 OS as from today, Tuesday 14, according to its official website.
Looking at the PC market, Lenovo Group Ltd – maker of Lenovo branded laptops – is still at the top with a 25% share, followed closely by HP with a 22.8% market share. Dell again ranked third but was the only PC maker that recorded a massive year-over-year increase in shipments with 12% in the final quarter of 2019.
The future isn’t bright for PC makers, though. IDC expects the rising trend to topple off this year. Mainly because many users as the “majority of Windows 10 upgrades will be in the rearview mirror, and lingering concerns around component shortages and trade negotiations get ironed out,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Tracker.
To counter the obviously upcoming uncertainty, PC makers are looking for more ways to increase sales; Dell showcased two concept laptops with folding screens while Lenovo finally debuted its folding laptop last week at CES.
IDC states that PC makers could be able to make more sales with the introduction of these new technologies like foldable laptops, 5G support, and even dual-screen laptops, but it “will take some time.”