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You may have read my post from last week on the great momentum we’re seeing with Windows 7 to-date. I thought I would share some more good news – not just for Microsoft and Windows, but for the entire technology industry.
According to IDC early projections, PC shipments in 2009 were up 2.3% overall over 2008. In the US, the PC market established a new record of nearly 20.7 million units shipped in the fourth quarter – a year-on-year growth of 24%! Also in the US, four of our OEM partners make up the top 4 vendors for PC shipments. You can find the original report from IDC here, including information on international PC markets.
According to the Gartner press release “Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in Fourth Quarter of 2009 Posted Strongest Growth Rate in Seven Years,” Gartner Newsroom, January 13, 2010, Worldwide PC shipments surpassed 90 million units in the fourth quarter of 2009, a 22.1% increase from the fourth quarter of 2008, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. It was the strongest quarter over quarter growth rate the worldwide PC market has experienced in the last seven years. More information can be found here.
Why the huge upswing? Both Gartner and IDC gave two key reasons:
1. The launch of Windows 7 sparked renewed interest in the PC market. Essentially, customers heard great things about Windows 7 and were anxious to get their hands on it.
2. A wide variety of powerful, affordably priced netbook, laptop and desktop PCs hit the market and gave customers a chance to get a great machine at a great price.
It’s great to see the worldwide market’s excitement for the wave of sleek new PCs running Windows 7.
This may help PC sales, but until MS returns the "Family Pack" to retail, I think their software sales will suffer.
I would love to upgrade to 7 on my 3 PCs but the separate upgrade prices are outrageous. This may be the right time to switch to Linux. I've used Windows since 1.0 and I'm sick of paying the high tier prices.
Agreed with Jimfouts.
I am only 15 years old, but in my whole life time I have always stuck to Microsoft products weather it is from Bing to Windows to Zune.
While I was in Officeworks (A large Australian Office Supply Store Chain) a couple of day back I thought I would check out the price of Windows 7. (Not for me, I already have it) Home Premium was selling for $300!
Personally I do not think 2.3% is much to celebrate about. If you were selling Premium at lets say $75 dollars PC and Windows 7 purchases would be very high! Sure it sounds crazy. But in the long run you are going to increase your sales AND profit!
It just makes sense.
Also on the family pack I agree again. Why would that stop being produced? It was a great system for people running multiple PC's in there home. I am not sure how you expect people to fork $900 for 3 PC's.
Just my way of thinking but.
I'll be staying with XP for 2010 thanks to Micro$$oft.
Where is the Family Pack?
Obviously Micro$$oft is in it for the money as any good corporate giant is but come on.
Don't tell me how great Windows 7 is at the very same time you make it so that the AVERAGE AMERICAN cannot afford to upgrade their 3 PC's
I'm finding W7 to be full of bugs. Primarily pointer jumps and losing data as I type!!! Very hard to use.
Vista Ultimate users are not intersted!