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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip because punters don't think an OS upgrade is enough reason to buy a new computer. So says abacus-wielding firm IDC, whose new Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker emerged today and predicted “ PC shipments are expected to fall by -6.2% in 2015.” “Windows 10 should be a significant contributor …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2015

HP UK confirms second-in-command for PC and print biz

HP trawled the international job market and its own organisation to recruit Paul Boshoff, the latest person to run channel sales for the UK PC and printer operation. The job was left vacant some months back when HP waved bye to Damian Cusick, with sources telling us he grew the business but not at the rate forecasted by task …
Paul Kunert, 14 Apr 2015
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Post-PC era? Surely you're joking, says Lenovo as computers fly out of door

Computers are still flying out of the door for Lenovo but Q4 profits crashed by more than a third due to a hike in operating expenses that followed several acquisitions. Net income fell 36.7 per cent to $100m as the buys of Motorola and IBM’s x86 server business took a toll on costs. The Chinese tech maker reported quarterly …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2015

EMEA PC market circling rim, headed for U-bend plunge

The EMEA PC market - more precisely shipments into distributors and retailers - is shrinking again due to political upheaval in the region, the currency meltdown and the end of the XP factor. According to beanshufflers at IDC, 20.2 million boxes were flung into sales channels during the first three months of 2015, equating to a …
Paul Kunert, 20 Apr 2015
No Sale

PC sales dip below 2009 levels, with Japanese sales off 44 per cent

68.5 million PCs trundled off the world's production lines in 2015's first quarter, the lowest number since 2009 according to box-watcher IDC. The news isn't all bad: the analyst firm had previously predicted a lower number. But it's still a 6.7 per cent dip on last year's first quarter. Newer PC designs are exciting punters, …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2015

Ex-HP PC and print gros fromage Cador rocks up at Lenovo

HP’s former EMEA PC boss, a man who once told us Lenovo wasn’t even close to taking the number one spot in the maker a day before it did, is about to rock up as an exec at the Chinese biz. Eric Cador will be anointed as senior veep and president of EMEA from the start of next month in a shake-up of the leadership team, replacing …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2015

Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

The XP bubble has well and truly burst, leaving the UK channel awash with unwanted commercial PCs and vendors facing a costly write-down to clear a mountain of misery. Microsoft ending support for the creaking operating system last April revived the industry in 2014, but it seems vendors forgot the sales cycle and that their …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2015
Bloodbath!

Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

Intel has lowered its revenue forecast for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 by nearly a billion dollars, citing a weaker than expected PC market. While previously the chipmaker had said it expected to bring in $13.7bn (£9.21bn) during Q1, plus or minus $500m, on Thursday it revised that estimate to $12.8bn (£8.6bn), plus or …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2015
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Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

The PC market never really died, it was just resting – at least according to our man at Gartner, who leaned on the latest global sales data to prove there’s some life left yet in the form factor. According to preliminary stats, sales into channels grew one per cent in Q4 to 83.7 million boxes as retailers and disties took …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2015
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Report: HP to SPLIT OFF PC, printer biz from enterprise wing

Hewlett-Packard is reportedly planning a big break-up of its businesses, splitting its PC and printer operations from the company's corporate hardware and services divisions. The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said that the huge rejig could be announced by HP on Monday. One source told the …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2014

What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

Intel announced its earnings based on its new financial reporting structure for the first time on Tuesday, but despite having lumped its ailing Mobile & Communications unit in with its PC Client business, there was no hiding that the three months ended on March 28 were a tough quarter for Chipzilla. Total revenue for the first …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

What a difference a year makes. At this point in 2014, PC vendors were riding high on Windows XP support doom, but fast forward to the here-and-now and the pending launch of a certain OS isn’t causing the same waves. Anyone mildly connected to the IT industry understands chip and operating system updates don’t have the same pull …
Paul Kunert, 27 May 2015
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Notebooks drag PC sales out the toilet, fondleslabs still falling

The PC market bounced back in the first quarter of 2015, mainly thanks to a big uplift in notebook sales. According to research from tech distribution sales data compiled by Context, the market rose by seven per cent on the year. Notebook sales were up 26 per cent to 644,304, while desktop sales remained flat at 237,700, and …
Kat Hall, 01 Apr 2015
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Wanted: PC salesman to head up HP's UK channel ops

Headhunters may be scrambling for their phones on the back of the news that HP is on the look-out for someone with PC sales skills to conduct its UK channel orchestra. A note was distributed to some HP workers this week that Damian Cusick is leaving the enterprise, SMB and channel director role, stating that he is looking for a …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2015

Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced it has sold its five-millionth machine, and said that in so doing it could claim the crown as the UK's best-selling computer ever. That the Pi guys have done well is not in dispute, but the Reg archives cast doubt on the claim it's now the best-selling Brit computer ever. As we wrote …
Darren Pauli, 18 Feb 2015
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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

Lenovo, the world’s largest maker of PCs, saw its profits leap 24 per cent this spring. The China-based manufacturer reported first-quarter profits of $211m, compared to $170m for the year before. That was from revenue that jumped 18 per cent to £10.39bn. Earnings per share for the giant were up, from $1.65 to $2.03 for the …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Aug 2014

Intel prods PC market's corpse, corpse shouts 'I'M NOT DEAD!'

Chipmaker Intel has raised its revenue expectations after discovering that the PC market is less moribund than it imagined. Chipzilla said on Thursday that "as a result of stronger than expected demand for business PCs," it was raising its second-quarter growth revenue estimate from $13bn to $13.7bn. "Intel now expects some …
Jack Clark, 12 Jun 2014

Shoppers shun slabs to give Gartner's Q3 PC numbers a rosy glow

PC-shifters that hung tough in the hope the market would return to growth may have reasons to be cheerful – in certain parts of the world, anyway. Q3 shipment data from Gartner - or at least preliminary numbers that count sales into retailers and distributors, rather than to end-users - climbed 9.6 per cent in EMEA, jumped 4.2 …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014

What PC sales slump? That's ALL OVER, declares Gartner

An optimistic new report from Gartner suggests that the PC market may actually be returning to growth, with most of the sales going to top-name vendors. By Gartner's estimates, worldwide PC shipments were essentially flat for the second quarter of 2014, growing just 0.1 per cent when compared to the same period a year ago. But …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2014
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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Analysis First the good news: Windows 10 will be free – for one year. Microsoft announced upgrades to its next-planned client operating system during an outpouring of PR love and vision on Wednesday. We won't claim the credit for Microsoft’s decision to give its next version of Windows as a free upgrade for 12 months to those on Windows …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jan 2015
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PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out

The end of support for the Windows XP operating system has triggered a jump in sales, bringing a rare bit of good news for PC vendors. Research firm Gartner found that PC sales in the first quarter of 2014 are down 1.7 per cent over the same period last year. While still showing decline, the figure points to a possible rebound …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014

Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

The XP refresh provided the boon that computer makers and their respective channel suppliers clung to following a period of lean sales, but the majority of replacement have now taken place. This is according to market beanie Gartner, which estimates 70 per cent of the 30 million installed based of machines across Western Europe …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2014

HP imports PC and printer boss for Blighty from US ops

HP has crossed the Atlantic to pluck the replacement for outgoing Brit PC and printer boss Paul Hunter from its US operation. El Chan can reveal that George Brasher, currently the worldwide veep and GM of HP's Laser printer business is coming to Blighty to take charge of the Printer and Personal Systems Group. Hunter is moving …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014

Book closing on next HP UK PC and printer boss

The smart money is on HP naming Simon Ewington as the next head of the Printing and PC biz in the UK and Ireland to replace outgoing chief Paul Hunter. Hunter leaves to become HP CEO Meg Whitman's bagman chief-of-staff in August but the company has already whittled down the list of candidates to a few names, we understand. The …
Paul Kunert, 30 May 2014
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Brit PC market out of intensive care thanks to XP, falling prices

The PC market is gradually on the mend after the bloodiest period in its history when businesses sweated their assets, consumers bought tabs and costly excess stock swilled around the channel. Sales went up by mid-single digits in Q1 as UK shoppers in the commercial sectors began to spend on traditional systems again, said …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2014
Chromebook Flip

New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

While Google is trying to push Chromebooks upmarket with its flashy Pixel, its Chrome OS partners continue to target budget-conscious buyers with a new batch of devices priced at $250 and lower. Chinese electronics manufacturers are leading the latest charge, with both Haier and Hisense making new Chromebooks available for …
Neil McAllister, 31 Mar 2015
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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

The worldwide PC market suffered the "most severe contraction on record" in 2013, which means it is doing better than expected, analyst house IDC said on Tuesday. PC and laptop shipments declined by 9.8 per cent in 2013, the firm revealed – and it projected further year-on-year declines through to 2014. 315 million PCs and …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014

Experts gathered round corpse of PC market: It's ALIVE! Alive, we tell you

The XP replacement bonanza reviving the PC market isn't yet over, with estimates suggesting that one in five biz machines out in the wilds is still running the thirteen year-old OS, an HP exec has told The Channel. After eight consecutive quarters of declining sales, the commercial PC market returned to life in the first quarter …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014
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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

Intel is going to leave a massive new multibillion-dollar chip factory empty in Arizona as the slump in the PC market continues. Intel told local paper the Arizona Republic that the factory known as Fab 42 would remain closed for the foreseeable future, but it would be used at some point. “It will be used for future …

Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

Election 2015 Hot on the heels of Labour, the Conservatives today launched their manifesto – which matched their rivals for the sheer lack of detail on tech-related policy. "We will ensure that Britain seizes the chance to be a world leader in the development of 5G, playing a key role in defining industry standards," read the manifesto. No …
Kat Hall, 14 Apr 2015
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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

There’s something in the water at Hewlett-Packard. No, I’m not referring to the "HP Way", that pseudo-Victorian philanthropic work creed. It’s the propensity for those running this tech giant to make really big bets — multi-billion-dollar rolls of the dice have become standard operating procedure. Three of HP’s most recent …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2014

PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

IDC is forecasting that the technology channel will buy in around 34 million fewer PCs this year than last, and the bad news for anyone making a crust in that sector is that things aren't going to improve any time soon. There will be no let-up on any front, with desktops and portables predicted to decline in both the mature and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

Biz PC market's looking healthy – but is it just an XPocalypse bounce?

PC suppliers are pondering if the mini recovery in commercial IT spending is sustainable or just a Windows XPocalypse-related flash in the pan. Under the shadow of Microsoft ending support for the 13-year-old OS, sales of business desktops spiked 26 per cent in Q4 2013, year on year, and sales into the channel improved in this …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2014
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What's an Ultrabook? Now Intel touts 2-in-1 typoslabs to save PC biz

IDF 2014 The PC hasn't lost the race to mobes and fondleslabs, Intel says; far from it. It's just been waiting to be reinvented yet again, and Chipzilla is now ready with this year's flavor. "Phones and tablets have been outstanding consumption devices, but we are creation people at heart," Kirk Skaugen, senior VP of the chipmaker's …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014

RM: Killing our PC unit hit our top line, but our bottom line is pert

Murdering the PC building biz was always going to result in some top-line slippage for Brit specialist education tech supplier RM, but the move to shutter the production line hasn't hurt profits, quite the opposite. The Oxford-based biz today reported half-year numbers to 31 May with sales down more than 22 per cent to £92.1m …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2014
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HP settles lawsuit after Mad Leo's WebOS and PC biz shenanigans

HP has agreed to pay $57m to shareholders miffed by the management of Leo Apotheker. This comes after the plaintiffs sued the firm for defrauding them by abandoning its business model. The investors launched a class action suit after former chief Apotheker shocked them, and the rest of the tech world, by announcing plans in …
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Acer: 'We will be the last man standing in the PC industry'

Pics Acer CEO Jason Chen this week tore through the company's international product launch presentation – on the 68th floor of New York's 4 World Trade Center – like a rock star on speed from start to finish. He even donned sunglasses at one point and there seemed every chance that he might not take them off. Acer E series laptops …
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Apr 2015

Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma. According to the bean counters at IDC, 26.7 million traditional portables and desktop were sold into EMEA channels during Q4, some 6.4 …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Sony set to axe 5,000 workers worldwide as it flings PC biz overboard

Stumbling consumer electronics giant Sony has confirmed it will axe 5,000 workers worldwide and offload its loss-making PC business to private equity firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP). The ailing Japanese corporate revealed the restructure as it forecast a ¥110bn loss (£665m) for the current financial year ending March …
Paul Kunert, 06 Feb 2014

Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

Samsung withdrew from the fight at the sharp end of Blighty's PC market last quarter, figures from Gartner indicate. The Korean firm saw shipments plummet 85 per cent to 30,000 retail boxes, down from 215,000 in Q4 a year earlier. No business systems sales were reported, the analyst said. The net impact is that Sammy's market …
Paul Kunert, 07 Feb 2014

Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

Northamber's colourful chairman is forecasting a "more worthwhile future" - one that is less dependent on tech hardware - but the latest financials still bear the scorch-marks of attempts to put out its burning PC biz. The UK's oldest tech wholesaler has been rather more quiet since listing on AIM, which means the company no …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014

Thought sales were in the toilet before? Behold the agony: 2013 was a PC market BLOODBATH

The beleaguered market for desktop and notebook PCs continued its downward spiral in 2013 as shipments plummeted to new lows. According to figures from analyst firm Gartner, worldwide shipments rounded out the last quarter of the year at 82.6 million units, down 6.9 per cent over the same period in 2012. Overall, 2013 saw a drop …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2014
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Samsung UK computing chief leaves for HP PC biz

HP has plugged the gap in its local printer and PC biz following the exit of channel sales director Pascal Bourguet with Samsung UK computing GM Damian Cusick, The Channel can reveal. Popular channel figure Bourguet was handed a European remit with HP in August when he was made EMEA veep of the consumer PC biz. Cusick is …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2013

Dell denies 'insecure autoupdate app' flings open PC backdoor

Dell has denied building backdoors into its kit following a security researcher's discovery of an insecure update assistant app. Tom Forbes alleges that the Dell Service Tag Detector app* is so insecure that it creates a backdoor on machines it is installed upon. More specifically, Forbes alleges that the app caries a Remote …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2015
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HP veep scrambles for exit as PC unit burns

Charl Snyman, a senior figure in HP's European PC wing, has left the company, The Channel can reveal. Snyman landed at HP in 1999 as EMEA sales development manager, and rose through the ranks to regional veep for category management at the Printing & Personal Systems (PPS) unit. Sources close to the company claimed HP CEO Meg …
Paul Kunert, 28 May 2013

PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

Comment So, the new Surface Pro is here – number three. According to Microsoft folklore Redmond gets things right by version number three of a new product, it then kills off the competition and history is written. But it seems unlikely that the Surface Pro 3 will be remembered as the iPad Air or Android killer of Microsoft's tablet …
Gavin Clarke, 21 May 2014

Not even Asia can save PC market's slump

PC shipments officially entered their longest slump in history last quarter after a 10.9 per cent year-on-year decline, with even the once-proud APAC region registering another double-digit drop, according to analyst Gartner. The market watcher’s preliminary forecast for Q2 2013 makes for pretty grim reading if you’re a PC …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2013
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PC addict RM finally quits its building habit, plans to axe 300 jobs

Under-fire education tech specialist RM has finally admitted what the rest of the industry already knew: that it can't make money building PCs and will instead concentrate on developing software and services. It has been a rocky three years for RM, starting with the government's gradual closure of the Building Schools for the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2013
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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

Peak tablet In case you'd forgotten that Apple is making money hand over fist, the company announced on Monday yet another record financial quarter – thanks to its iPhones and Macs, but no thanks to its iPads. The House that Steve Built said the fourth quarter of its 2014 financial year – ending September 27 – was its best ever Q4, as Mac …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Oct 2014
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Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal

Japanese firm Fujitsu has been helped along to a profit in the last quarter of 2013 by the weaker yen and strong sales in the enterprise sector. The company even managed growth in the sale of PCs, no mean feat in the current PC market nightmare, as it upped sales primarily to business customers. Fujitsu said its net profit for …

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Tim Anderson

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Clouds sell compute by the glass. On-premises kitmakers want to sell wine-as-a-service

Greg Knieriemen

Privacy, security, information sovereignty, what we all want, right?
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Redmond devotees may as well have demanded manga desktop wallpaper

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