One billion PCs are now in use

There are now more than one billion PCs in use worldwide and this number will double by the year 2014, according to Gartner research. The figures relate to computers that are actually being used, as opposed to those that have merely been shipped over a period of time. Over half of these PCs (58 per cent) are based in established markets such as Western Europe, Japan and the US.

But these regions only account for 15 per cent of the world's population. Users in emerging markets will play an increasingly large role in driving global take up, said George Shiffler, research director at Gartner. "We expect per-capita PC penetration in emerging markets to double by 2013," said Shiffler.

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(kravex said @ #2)
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers," Thomas J. Watson 1943

FAIL!


LOL. :D

I'm surprised that there are only 1 billion PCs being used. I thought it would be much higher than that, considering how many offices there are that have thousands of PCs.

(C++ said @ #3)
A toast, to computers! And to all the poor sods who haven't a clue on how to use them, and end up paying me for help.

hahahah

(Foub said @ #4)
This is old news. I had heard something like this around 5, or so, years ago.

OMG, you mean no ones sold a PC for the last 5 years! :eek:

(kravex said @ #4.1)
OMG, you mean no ones sold a PC for the last 5 years! :eek:

:)

I see that your reading skills are somewhat lacking....

what about the saying that computers would be so expensive that only the five richest kings in europe could afford them?

Didn't Microsoft say there were 1 billion+ copies of Microsoft Windows on computers worldwide? Yeah, I know that can be interpreted in many ways, but I think this story is a little too late/old.

(tsupersonic said @ #7)
Didn't Microsoft say there were 1 billion+ copies of Microsoft Windows on computers worldwide? Yeah, I know that can be interpreted in many ways, but I think this story is a little too late/old.

*lame

All you people that say the story is "old" or "late"... You do understand that people haven't kept all the computers they bought? It says in use, not manufactured total.

I agree the one billion seems a little low. I have four computers in my home, and people like spacer have a lot more. Maybe they were just counting windows comps.

i work for several companies, in one you can find one pc per employees and in other there are no more that 10 pc in the entire company and i can count more that 500 employees.

So no, PC are important in the current society but it is not needing for a vast group of people.

Dont eat beef if you are concerned about the environment.... 3 cows produce so much methane in a year, it actually does more damage to the environment than a person does producing CO2 from using their car/flying/electirc etc. (as Methane is far more damaging).

(plastikaa said @ #11.1)
Dont eat beef if you are concerned about the environment.... 3 cows produce so much methane in a year, it actually does more damage to the environment than a person does producing CO2 from using their car/flying/electirc etc. (as Methane is far more damaging).

don't you think that's a reason TO eat beef? those cows soon stop producing methane when they are slaughtered...

i really doubt one billion are in use... one billion may be around in scrap yards, old cupboards etc

@g0dlike : Huh ? what energy crisis... no one in a developed country is without power are they ?

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