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Global PC systems market to reach 306 million units in 2013

Press Release   •   Jul 08, 2013 15:20 BST

Shipment volumes within the global PC systems market will reach approximately 306 million units in 2013, down 4.1 percent year-on-year, due to the global economic situation and ongoing tablet cannibalisation effect.

Meanwhile, due to major setbacks in the European and US markets, the notebook PC industry witnessed a greater shipment decline than the desktop PC industry.

A recent report titled, 'Outlook for the PC System Industry in 2H 2013,' has stated that due to strong sales of 7" and low-cost tablets, the global tablet market volume will continue to grow significantly in 2013, breaking the 20 million mark, up 62.2% year-on-year.

With the rapid growth of tablets and broken boundaries between system architectures and operating systems, the development of mobile computing products has become diverse; competition among products is no longer confined by conventional classifications and competition is, therefore, intensifying.

Although PC sales may be falling around the world, that hasn't stopped Dell from refreshing its business-class desktop, all-in-one, and laptop lines.

When Dell announced its most recent financial results last month, they revealed that their End User Computing unit's sales revenues had slipped by 9 percent year-on-year. Still, that was better than HP's PC revenues, which dove by about 20 percent during the same period.

Windows 8 captured 5.10 percent of all desktop systems the firm tracks for the month of June. Vista's market share now stands at 4.62 percent.

Of course, both will need a few months (or years) before they pass Windows XP and Windows 7, both of which dipped about half a percentage point's worth of share to finish the month with 44.37 percent and 37.17 percent, respectively.

Both numbers continue to verify the momentum for Windows 8, which has struggled to lift its head above both third-party operating systems, as well as its own rivals in the Microsoft nest.

Windows 8 passed Mac OS X 10.8 in February. If Windows 8 continues to increase its share at its current pace of about 0.5 percentage points per month -- and if Windows XP continues to decline at about the same rate -- Microsoft would need roughly 32 months, or until about February 2016, for Windows 8 to pass Windows XP.

For more information on the global PC systems market, see the latest research: Global PC Systems Market

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