Market researcher: First year with growth in PC sales since 2011

For the first time since 2011, according to market researchers, the PC market has again achieved sales growth. Above all, the analysts see the end of support for the Windows 7 operating system as a drive for buyers to purchase new hardware. The trend will initially continue in the coming months because many companies, especially in Asia, still have to switch to the newer Windows 10, forecast analyst Mikako Kitagawa from IT market researcher Gartner on Tuesday. In the longer term of 12 to 18 months, however, the providers would have to prepare for an expiring upgrade wave, warned her colleague Ryan Reith from the analysis company IDC.

With support for Windows 7 expiring on Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates for the more than ten-year-old operating system. However, this does not necessarily make it necessary to buy a new computer: Even though Microsoft's free upgrade offer from Windows 7 to Windows 10 officially expired at the end of July 2016, it is usually still possible to use Windows 10 with a Windows 7 product key to activate. For corporate customers there is also the option of purchasing security updates for Windows 7 through 2023 from Microsoft.

According to IDC calculations PC sales rose 2.7 percent year-over-year to 266.7 million devices. Gartner calculated a plus from 0.6 percent to a good 261 million notebooks and desktop computers. The difference is due, among other things, to the fact that the two market research companies sometimes have different opinions about which device categories are considered personal computers

Both Gartner and IDC see the Chinese provider Lenovo as the clear number one with a market share of over 24 percent, followed by HP and Dell. Overall, the big three providers now account for more than 60 percent of the market. This is followed by Apple with 7.5 percent and Asus and Acer with almost 6 percent each. (With material from dpa) /


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