In the midst of a sales slump for the past five years, many have hoped that there would be a rebound, but most recent data points to the tide against the traditional PC continuing well into 2017.
For the second year in a row, Microsoft has emerged as the clear leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant. The analysis chalks up a company's 'ability to execute' versus its 'completeness of vision'.
Gartner's final statistics for 2016 are in, and they spell doom for Microsoft's and Blackberry's mobile efforts. Meanwhile, Apple dethroned Samsung to become top selling vendor during the holidays.
A new Gartner market analysis for the shipment of PCs, 2-in-1s, tablets and phones in 2017 forecasts that Apple will overtake Windows for the first time this century. The market is set to stagnate.
Gartner's annual report on device shipments projects a 3 percent overall decline, which is consistent with 2015's .75 percent decrease. Mobile phone shipments are also expected to fall 1.6 percent.
Gartner says 1.97m Windows phones were sold last quarter, compared with 1.2m Lumias, but global market share dropped again, to 0.6%. Android grew to 86.2%, with Samsung grabbing 22.3% of the market.
The latest data from Gartner shows that the PC market has continued its overall decline with Apple seeing a big drop. But there are signs things might be better in the next few quarters.
Windows phones now account for just 0.7% of the worldwide smartphone market - down from 2.5% a year ago - and it appears that as few as 100,000 non-Lumia Windows phones were sold in Q1 of this year.
It's no secret that the PC is no longer the king of the computing world in terms of shipments, but only two vendors of the top five actually managed a small growth, while the others saw a big hit.
Gartner has published a new report predicting that PC shipments will finally bottom out in 2016 but smartphone market will increase only by 7%, its first single-digit growth up till now.
Gartner global smart phone sales figures for the fourth quarter of 2015 are now available, leaving Windows at 1.1% of smart phone sales. Android and iOS combine for 98.5% of global sales.
Technology research company Gartner has predicted that Windows 10 is set to become the OS with the fastest migration ever, after 7 and 8.1. The free upgrade offer was seen as the reason behind it.
For the third quarter of 2015, PC shipments remain on a constant decline. Windows 10 is being blamed by research firms, after Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade to the OS for existing PCs.
According to the latest Gartner report, the overall market will grow slower than expected this year, but two and a half billion devices, including PCs, smartphones and tablets, will still get sold.
Chromebook sales are predicted to grow 27% this year - but last year's sales figures reveal that just 1% of Chromebook purchases were made by business customers in the US and EMEA regions in 2014.
After more than two years of decline, the PC market finally shows some signs of recovery, but the improvements are so small that research companies disagree about what really happened.
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 .
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.
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.
In a speech today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said it will release a version of Office on the iPad when a touch-based version for Windows comes out, but doubts Apple will allow Outlook for iOS.
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.
Gartner says in a recent note the launch of Windows 8.1 "could quiet most of" the detractors of Windows 8, and says businesses testing Windows 8 should consider switching to Windows 8.1.
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.
According to Gartner, the research firm we all love so much, Microsoft could be irrelevant in as little as four years if they fail to capture key tablet and phone markets during a "disruptive shift"
Gartner claims that worldwide Windows Phone sales increased by 124.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the same period a year ago and that its market share went up to 3.0 percent.
Gartner reports that worldwide PC sales were down for the fourth quarter of 2012, and claims part of the reason is that people are turning to tablets for secondary devices.
A new report from Gartner states that Microsoft's share of the mobile OS market increased in the third quarter compared to a year ago but it is still well behind Android, iOS and Blackberry.
Analyst firm Gartner predicts the market for "smart devices" will grow considerably in the next year totaling 1.2 billion devices being sold. That's up 50% from 2012's 821 million smart devices.
A new report from Gartner claims that Lenovo has now surpassed HP and has now become the world's biggest PC hardware company, while HP is still number one in the US.
The research firm Gartner is the latest to show slow but steady growth for Microsoft's mobile OS plans, showing a 2.7 percent market share in the second quarter of 2012, up from 1.6 percent a year ago
Gartner claims that worldwide, overall sales of mobile phones went down two percent in the first quarter of 2012. It's the first time since 2009 that the industry has seen a decrease in sales.
A new research report from Gartner predicts that when tablets that use Microsoft's Windows 8 are released, they will appeal more to IT professionals than consumers.
The research firm Gartner has predicted in a new paper that online personal cloud services will replace the PC as the center of a user's digital life by the year 2014.
A new report from Gartner claims that PC sales will grow by just 4.4 percent in 2012 ahead of the launch of Windows 8 but will grow more quickly by the end of 2013.
The latest market share reports from Gartner are in and it unfortunately reveals that Samsung's seldom-referenced Bada OS actually beat Windows Phone in Q4 2011 sales by a slim margin
Android's explosive growth continues, as it rises to 52% of the worldwide smartphone market. While the market as a whole continues to grow, its rivals nonetheless see their market share in decline.
Two separate research firms have announced that China-based Lenovo has jumped over Dell to become the world's number two largest PC maker. HP remains in the number one spot.
Tech analyst firm Gartner has cut its forecast for worldwide PC shipments in 2011 due to worsening economic situations in the US and in Western Europe along with the rise in mobile tech devices.
A new study from Gartner claims that by the end of the year, Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system will be installed on 42 percent of all PCs worldwide.