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In its latest report on the state of the smartphone market, IDC is predicting that Windows Phone will see strong sales increases over the next few years alongside the rest of the market players.
Tablet sales growth has almost ground to a halt with the iPad seeing its first yearly decline. However, Android and Windows-powered tablets are seeing continued improvements over market averages.
The IDC has put out their numbers for the second quarter of 2014, and Android and iOS devices account for 96% of the market, while Windows Phone shrank compared to the previous year.
BlackBerry can claim a small victory - at least in the UK, where it's still more popular than Windows Phone for consumers (you read that right) despite a damaging decline in worldwide market share.
The research firm IDC is predicting that larger tablets that can also be used as a notebook, such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, will increase in the next few years as sales of smaller tablets decline.
According to industry analysts IDC, BlackBerry's global market share in 2014 will be just 0.8%, and will fall further to 0.3% by 2018 - by which time, they say, Windows Phone will have grown to 6.4%.
A new forecast from research firm IDC predicts Microsoft will unbundle the Kinect add-on from its Xbox One console sometime in 2015, even though Microsoft claims that will never happen.
While PC shipments continued to decline in the first quarter of 2014, research firms IDC and Gartner report they went down at a slower pace than recent quarters, due in part to upgrades from Windows .
According to the latest data from IDC last year's record growth in smartphone sales will be followed by a sharp decline in the following years, with focus switching to emerging markets and low prices.
Research firm IDC says that Windows Phone shipments went up to 33.4 million units in 2013, a 90.0 percent increase compared to 2012, but Windows Phone's market share is still low at 3.3 percent.
Research firms IDC and Gartner both agreed that PC shipments worldwide went down by 10 percent in 2013, making it the worst year on record for the PC industry, although the worst could be over.
A new report says Windows Phone has increased shipments by 156% in the last year alone. Analysis firm IDC says the growth has been aided by its selection of affordable devices from Nokia.
Research firms IDC and Gartner claim that worldwide PC shipments went down 7.6 and 8.6 percent, respectively, in the third quarter of 2013, although the downturn was not as bad as first predicted.
The research firm IDC has cut its forecast for the number of worldwide PC shipments in 2013 again, as it predicts that shipments will decline by 9.7 percent, even with the launch of Windows 8.1.
Microsoft says that a new report from IDC shows that the Windows Phone OS was the second most widely used mobile operating platform in Latin America in the second quarter of 2013.
Figures from IDC reveal that Microsoft shipped just 300,000 Surface tablets last quarter, while a total of only 200,000 Windows RT tablets were shipped across all manufacturers.
An analyst at IDC says that that the research firm's predictions of sales of touchscreen laptops in 2013 will be lower than their original forecast, which could be an issue for Microsoft and Windows 8
The latest figures from the IDC are out and Windows Phone has once again climbed the totem poll with an impressive 77.6% Year-over-Year growth and 8.7 million units shipped in Q2.
According to the latest stats from IDC, the high-end smartphone market is clearly dominated by Samsung and Apple; but lots of companies are shifting focus towards the low-end, with a lot of success.
Research firm IDC claims that the peak of the PC business, in terms of unit shipments, was reached in the third quarter of 2011. However, there's still some debate on if the business can recover.
IDC has cut its worldwide forecast for PC shipments again for 2013, saying it now sees a decline of 7.8 percent for the year. In another report, it sees tablet shipments outpacing PCs by 2015.
The latest figures from IDC show that growth in Windows Phone helped Microsoft's mobile OS to jump to third place in global smartphone shipments, as BlackBerry market share fell from 6.4% to 2.9%.
IDC tablet analyst Tom Mainelli has some harsh words to say about the Surface Pro, stating that "it's just not there yet" in terms of execution, and that Microsoft should only have one tablet OS
According to IDC, Microsoft shipped 900,000 Surface devices in Q1 2013. The majority of those devices are Surface Pros, with the Surface RT accounting for just 0.4% of all tablets sold.
If you're Apple, you're either celebrating or accepting that you're part of the trend. Gartner and IDC have released sales figures showing Apple's US PC shipments is both up and down respectively.
The research firm Gartner agress with IDC that PC shipments fell in the first quarter of 2013 but Gartner's report is not trying to blame Microsoft's Windows 8 launch as the main reason, as IDC is.
A new report from IDC claims that PC shipments for the first quarter of 2013 went down 13.9 percent compared to the same period a year ago and claims Windows 8 "appears to have slowed the market."
A new study commissioned by Microsoft claims that the majority of employees who use a PC at work admit to installing personal software on those PCs and that most encounter issues with that software.
The research firm IDC has predicted worldwide PC shipments will decline in 2013 after it recorded lower shipment numbers for 2012 and puts part of the blame on initial "underwhelming" Windows 8 sales.
The research firm IDC says that sales of smartphones with Microsoft's operating systems went up 150 percent worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012, but still could not catch BlackBerry sales.
Two reports claim that Microsoft had small shipment numbers for the Surface RT tablet in the last quarter and iSuppli claimed actual sales were as low as 680,000 units for the quarter.
A new report from IDC claims that worldwide shipments of the Playstation 3 have now reached 77 million, just beating the Xbox 360 which the firm claims has 76 million units shipped.
The research firm IDC said this week that worldwide PC shipments were down 6.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, lower than what IDC previously predicted despite the launch of Windows 8.
Microsoft has released the results of a study it commissions from IDC which claims there are currently 1.7 million open cloud-related IT jobs worldwide, and that will increase to seven million in 2015
A new report from research firm IDC predicts that Microsoft's Windows Phone OS will take 11.6 percent of the total worldwide smartphone market share by the year 2016.
IDC reports that in the third quarter of 2012, shipments of Android smartphones totaled 136 million units, or 75 percent of all the smartphones shipped worldwide.
The research firm IDC reports that worldwide shipments of PCs will be up by just 0.9 percent in 2012, in part due to people waiting for the launch of Windows 8 before buying a new PC.
Windows Phone device shipments more than doubled in Q2 2012 and Microsoft's mobile operating system is closing in on becoming the number three mobile OS, according to new figures from a research firm.
The IDC has put out their Q2 report that highlights that Samsung is surging in the smartphone market and Apple is still making considerable gains but Nokia and HTC are still having a hard time.
Microsoft has announced that, according to a new report from IDC, businesses that still use Windows XP on their PCs are "wasting budget dollars" and should upgrade to Windows 7.
A new report from IDC says that PC shipments actually went up in the first quarter of 2012, beating expectations of a slight decline in shipments for that same time period.
Research group IDC said this week it expects the launch of Windows 8 to help boost overall PC shipments in the second half of 2012. It also says tablets won't be a replacement for the PC.
In a new editorial and infographic, Microsoft tries to make the case that the cloud computing industry will generate nearly 14 million new jobs worldwide by the year 2015.
While the current PC hard drive shortage will start to get better early in 2012, an analyst at IDC says that the supply of hard drives won't fully recover to pre-Thailand flood levels until 2013.
A new prediction from the research group IDC predicts that Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system "will be largely irrelevant to the users of traditional PCs"
The US version of the well known gaming print magazine GamePro has been shut down by its parent company IDC after 22 years. The GamePro.com web site will also shut down on December 5.
China has surpassed the US as the world's largest market for PC sales, at least for the second quarter of 2011.
Two separate companies announced this week that PC shipments went up slightly in the second quarter of 2011. However the rise in sales were still smaller than expected. The Gartner firm announced that PC shipments...