PC sales are growing - but not because of Vista

Worldwide PC shipments are expected to increase by 11 per cent this year spurred by uptake in emerging markets rather than the launch of Microsoft's Vista operating system, according to research. PC sales are projected to total 257.1 million units in 2007, an 11.1 per cent growth on from 2006 shipments of 231.5million units, But the study by analyst Gartner says that first half sales show Microsoft's Vista operating system has not proved a factor in driving new PC sales.

Manufacturers are focusing instead on emerging markets where 55 per cent of the growth is being propelled by new PC use, not replacement purchases. Gartner expects emerging markets to contribute some 128 million new PC sales during the next two years, consisting of 77 million desk-based systems and 51 million mobile PCs. This will equate to around a quarter of all PC units expected to be shipped globally in 2007 and 2008. The release of Microsoft Windows Vista operating system at the end of January has, so far, failed to stimulate the market in the way many hoped,' said George Shiffler, research director for Gartner's client platforms markets group.

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Vista is a turkey. I wish MS would let consumers like me choose what they wanted to load when purchasing an OEM system. I sure as hell wouldn't hit the Vista button.

YOU CAN CHOOSE.

For all yo that do not know all versions of vista come with a roll back license, so you can roll back to XP for free. Which i suggest everyone buying a new PC does, all you need is any XP disk.

But definately agree vista is crap

whocares78 said,
YOU CAN CHOOSE.

For all yo that do not know all versions of vista come with a roll back license, so you can roll back to XP for free. Which i suggest everyone buying a new PC does, all you need is any XP disk.

But definately agree vista is crap

So you need to buy an XP disk to do a free rollback from vista? LOL.

Colin-uk said,
So you need to buy an XP disk to do a free rollback from vista? LOL.

ANY disk, means ANY disk, you can just borrow one. and if you don't know anyone at all with one, then damn your unlucky

PC sales are growing in developing countries? jeez I thought Mac sales would be growing in developing countries since theyre so much cheaper.

Latin America, Middle east (UAE and such), Africa, both booming areas where it's almost like the USA back in the early 90s. The USA market is pretty stagnant and I don't see it getting much better, tons of $400 dollar pcs that do everything they need to do, no point in upgrades, new systems etc which kills growth.

Vista has a chance of being more expensive than the PC when people are deluded into thinking that they NEED Ultimate edition.

One thing about the versions I was disappointed with is that Shadow Volume Copy isn't in Windows Vista Home Premium. Surely this is a major oversight, since its the version most users will be getting by default. With Time Machine coming on Leopard as standard, it makes sense to have Shadow Volume Copy on consumer versions of Vista to me.

For the consumer market, there is a real problem when the OS cost more than the PC. For businesses there is very few if any significant reasons to upgrade at this time. In both cases (IMHO), MS missed the boat with Vista and this is why it has very little impact on PC sales.

well its mostly because get a cheap pc now its cheaper, and most of those wont run vista at all (with the required premium experience). Here in panama and most 3rd world countries people buy those computer of 200 dollars and most cases wont come with an OS.

Cheap PCs will run Vista. Even Dell's cheapest has an nVidia 6000 series and 512mb of RAM in it (Yeah, the RAM is a little low, but it'll still run Aero)

Edit: Ok. Maybe Media Center won't run, but that requires a tuner to be useful anyway, and you're already looking above "cheap" PC when you even mention that.

MioTheGreat said,
Cheap PCs will run Vista. Even Dell's cheapest has an nVidia 6000 series and 512mb of RAM in it (Yeah, the RAM is a little low, but it'll still run Aero)

Edit: Ok. Maybe Media Center won't run, but that requires a tuner to be useful anyway, and you're already looking above "cheap" PC when you even mention that.

The whole Media Center PC idea is hosed right now anyway. Vista dropped it from being an OEM only feature to consumer to make it more accessible, but most cable companies use digital now. Unfortunately, the only way to get Media Center to record the 'good' channels is with CableCards. Even more unfortunately, CableCards are flaky, and at least MY cable company doesn't want to put them in a computer that isn't on their list of approved manufacturers.

This is completely missing the point. 99% of sales are from people who need to purchase a computer, very few people 'need' to purchase a standalone operating system. The only reason so many people are using XP is because it came preinstalled. This is how it's always been.

Computer manufacturers could install linux for free and let the community provide tech. support, you know, the great linux dream, except...nobody wants it even if it saves them money. Nobody is downloading and installing linux either, according to web counters. Saying this is because it's not preinstalled and consumers are ignorant does not fly, consumers download and use firefox enough to make it 15% of the browser market, and it came years after linux, which has been stuck with less than 2% for as long as anyone can remember.

J_R_G said,
Computer manufacturers could install linux for free and let the community provide tech. support, you know, the great linux dream, except...nobody wants it even if it saves them money. Nobody is downloading and installing linux either, according to web counters. Saying this is because it's not preinstalled and consumers are ignorant does not fly, consumers download and use firefox enough to make it 15% of the browser market, and it came years after linux, which has been stuck with less than 2% for as long as anyone can remember.

So why do you think people don't use Linux?

J_R_G said,
Nobody is downloading and installing linux either, according to web counters. Saying this is because it's not preinstalled and consumers are ignorant does not fly, consumers download and use firefox enough to make it 15% of the browser market

Yeah, because downloading and installing firefox is about the same as downloading and installing a new OS

And your "nobody" is 3.3%, about the same as the OSX install base, according web counters.

ichi said,


And your "nobody" is 3.3%, about the same as the OSX install base, according web counters.

But for linux, those 3.3% are mainly for people that downloaded for free and in OSX those percentage are (mainly) for people that own (buyed) a Mac. Quality vs Quantity.


Magallanes said,

But for linux, those 3.3% are mainly for people that downloaded for free and in OSX those percentage are (mainly) for people that own (buyed) a Mac. Quality vs Quantity.

Preinstalled and ready to use vs dare to do it yourself.
Two sides of the coin.

Saying this is because it's not preinstalled and consumers are ignorant does not fly, consumers download and use firefox enough to make it 15% of the browser market, and it came years after linux, which has been stuck with less than 2% for as long as anyone can remember.


Comparing an operating system to a web browser in terms of user base is absolutely ridiculous. Have you ever even installed another operating system before, or did you just look up some random facts to look smarter than you really are. If you would happen to get the chance, dual boot to another operating system (without reading how, as it's apparently just as easy as installing firefox), and then use it for about a month. Maybe then you'll see the difference between an operating system and a web browser.