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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

The recovery in PC sales has been postponed until 2017 – and Microsoft and Windows 10 are partly to blame. Worldwide PC shipments will now fall by 8.7 per cent by the end of the year and growth won’t return for another two years, the IDC said. The number cruncher had expected that the arrival of Windows 10 in July would …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2015
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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

Microsoft will stop all sales of Windows 7 Pro to PC makers on Halloween 2016. Satya Nadella’s firm has quietly let slip that October 31, 2016, will be the final day for PC makers to buy copies of the operating system for pre-install. Microsoft updated its product support lifecycle page, here, in October with the change …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2015
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Acer: We're not laying off staff, just shifting 'em out of the PC biz

Acer is not reacting to the downturn in PC spending by cutting heads – not yet anyway – but it is planning a restructure. The company confirmed it is in the process of transferring people to the Bring Your Own Cloud wing, which develops a suite of apps for consumers. The revamp will be felt only in Taiwan at this stage. In …
Paul Kunert, 30 Sep 2015

PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10

The world's personal computer factories could only shove just over 70 million machines out the door during 2015's third quarter, according to box-watchers IDC and Gartner. IDC says sales were down 10.8 per cent year on year, a worse outcome than the 9.2 per cent dip the firm previously predicted. Windows 10 is partly to blame …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2015
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Seagate bleeding sales as PC downturn starts to hit hard

Just like QLogic, Seagate sales figures have taken a dive along with the PC sales downturn, and it's had to issue preliminary results to warn the market. For its fourth fiscal 2015 quarter, instead of the expected $3.2-$3.3bn, it thinks it will make just $2.9bn. It expects to report unit shipments of approximately 45 million …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2015

Big, ugly, heavy laptops are surprise PC sales sweet spot

Things are so bad in the PC market that students of economics and physics are both probably keen to figure out just what's going on. But there's a singularity of sunshine in the market, says box-counter IDC, in the form of a surge in sales for big, ugly, heavy laptops, aka certified workstations. The “certified” is important …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2015
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Dell CEO: Very few will survive the PC bloodbath

Texan Mick, founder and CEO at Dell – the PC company which took his surname – reckons in five to seven years it will be game over for most of the stragglers currently selling computers. The three biggest shifters of such tin – Lenovo, HP and Dell – already account for more than 50 per cent of shipments globally, but that will …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2015
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Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

Despite this year's release of Windows 10, notebook PC shipments are not going to see an increase over last year. This according to analysts with ABI Research, who project that shipments will be flat compared to 2014. The entire portable market, which includes Chromebooks, ultraportables (such as the MacBook Air), netbooks, …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015

Lenovo Euro supremo: Yes, we wrote down PC stock, what about it?

Lenovo’s EMEA president has confirmed the company was forced to write down excess PC inventory after the downturn in the industry caught it and other players in the market short. As revealed months back, Lenovo was the worst offender in a European sector where demand fueled by Microsoft ending support for XP and by wider …
Paul Kunert, 12 Aug 2015
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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

What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

With tech distributors and retailers suffering PC inventory indigestion in EMEA, shipments into the region during Q2 were always likely to be bad, and they didn’t disappoint. Some 18.6 million desktops, notebooks and premium ultra mobiles found their way into outlets in the three months, that is down 15.7 per cent, or 3.47 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 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
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PC sales will rise again, predicts Intel, but tablets are toast

ICGS The last few years haven't been good for the PC market as the old upgrade cycle died and buyers piled into tablets and smartphones. But Intel is convinced the PC will rise again, thanks to new hardware and form factors. "I honestly feel this is a once in a decade moment," enthused Kirk Skaugen, GM of Intel's client computing …
Iain Thomson, 03 Nov 2015

Lenovo topples Apple from PC summit by declining less slowly

In what could be seen by some as a slightly hollow victory, Lenovo knocked Apple off the top spot in the global PC race by declining more slowly than its rival. Canalys stats show the total market dropped 11.8 per cent year-on-year in Q2 to a little over 109m desktops, notebooks and tabs. For the record, this equates to 1.46m …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015

WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

Western Digital saw depressed PC and notebook sales affect its disk drive business in its latest quarter, with stalling SSD sales showing negative sequential growth. A quick look at the numbers for the company's first fiscal 2016 which ended 2 October: Revenue of $3.4bn, 6.3 per cent up on the previous quarter but 12.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 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

Will the PC glory days ever return, WD asks as its finances slip

Are the glory days gone for good? Will the PC market ever come back? AS WD rues the damage that declining PC disk sales have done to its revenues, that’s a question that will be exercising its product strategists as they ponder its latest results. Revenues for its fourth fiscal 2015 quarter were 14 per cent down from a year …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 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

How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

Microsoft will automatically download Windows 10 to millions more PCs in a "recommended" Windows update early next year. The tech giant shows no signs of slowing the rollout of its new operating system, utterly undeterred by the growing public outcry at its pushy attitude. Windows 10 already appears as a free "optional" …
Chris Williams, 30 Oct 2015

Avnet TS bemoans slow PC sales and currency for Q4 shrinkage

Avnet Technology Solutions reported a near double-digit decline in revenues to close off Q4, despite selling roughly as many enterprise tech products as it did in the same period a year ago. A financially flattish quarter turned into a declining one, in part when local coinage was converted back into a strong dollar, but …
Paul Kunert, 06 Aug 2015

HP PC and print channel director quits new role and company

The New Zealander that HP Inc named to run channel sales in the UK is leaving the company even before making the 11k mile trip to this sceptred isle, El Chan can reveal. Paul Boshoff was sworn in as second-in-command for the Brit outpost back in April, replacing Damian Cusick, but the PC and printer biz confirmed to us today ( …
Paul Kunert, 04 Aug 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
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PC sales go OFF A CLIFF to under 300 million a year

The PC market had a horror second quarter, according to new data from analyst outfits Gartner and IDC. Gartner's blaming Windows 10 for the slowdown: the firm reckons buyers are holding on to their cash before the OS drops, in order to buy machines with Microsoft's new baby pre-installed. Others are holding off because the US …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 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

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 …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 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
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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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It's official – HP really will get you a Windows 10 PC on July 29 (barely)

HP got on the phone with The Register on Wednesday to shed light on how it plans to roll out PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled. The IT giant said you can expect at least some of its hardware to be available with the new OS on the day that it launches – July 29. There's been some confusion on the matter. Earlier this week, HP …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2015

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

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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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

Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

Analysis Intel launched its 6th Generation “Skylake” Core processors at IFA in Berlin last week, and is desperate for you to upgrade your PC. But has the Intel and Microsoft alliance done enough to drive upgrades and new sales? First, a quick recap on what Intel launched. The company announced 48 6th gen Core processors. The line-up is …
Tim Anderson, 11 Sep 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

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

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

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

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
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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
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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

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 …
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

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

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

HP Inc in indirect push for biggest UK and Ireland accounts

Hewlett Packard Inc is turning to partners to help drive business among the enterprise and small and mid-markets in the UK and Ireland. HP Inc Wednesday announced it would convert 300 of the region's largest, direct business accounts into indirect relationships to woo partners. The newly independent computer and printer-maker …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Nov 2015
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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 …

Dell PCs to be never knowingly undersold by John Lewis this Chrimbo

Dell is to go head-to-head with Apple, HP and Lenovo for the affections of computer-seeking shoppers this Christmas - the XPS range will be never knowingly undersold to the middle classes by John Lewis. Sarah Shields, exec director and UK GM for channel and distribution claimed Dell could not afford to ignore the retail …
Paul Kunert, 20 Nov 2015

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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