WINDOWS 10 hasn't had much of a positive impact on the struggling PC market, with sales set to plummet 7.3 percent in 2015.
So says analyst outfit Gartner, which seems to think Microsoft's latest Windows release hasn't done much to reverse faltering PC sales, despite the software giant having gone out of its way to ensure users download it.
According to Gartner's bean counters, global PC shipments are expected to total 291 million units in 2015, a decline of 7.3 percent year on year, slightly less than the 9.8 percent dip the firm recorded in the second quarter.
Things won't get much better next year either, according to Gartner, but the firm expects sales to return to growth in 2017 as businesses finally start to ramp up adoption of Windows 10.
Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said: "Until the end of 2015, currency devaluation and subsequent price increases will continue to restrain the replacement of ultramobiles and notebooks by businesses in particular.
"In 2016, we expect currency impacts will negate and while Windows 10 products on the Intel Skylake platform will increase in volumes throughout the year, Windows 10 adoption among businesses will ramp sharply in 2017, where we expect the PC market to return to a 4 percent growth."
Things aren't looking much better for the tablet market, either. Gartner predicts that sales of 'ultramobile' devices, which include both tablet and clamshell devices, will see a 12 percent slump in 2015. Tablet sales alone will come in at 192 million units this year, according to the analyst firm, down 13 percent compared to 2014's sales figures.
"The tablet market is coming under increasing pressure," said Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner. "Users of tablets with a screen size between 7 and 8 inches are increasingly not replacing their devices."
The smartphones category, meanwhile, is the only one showing growth. Likely fuelled by the imminent release of the iPhone 6S, Gartner predicts a 14 percent rise in smartphone sales this year, and expects shipments to reach the two billion mark by 2017, representing 89 percent of the entire devices market. µ
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