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Day January 12, 2012

Is the iPad a PC?

Gartner published its estimates for “PC” shipments during the fourth quarter. As I’ve done in the past, I combined their estimates with known shipments from Apple and separated Apple’s performance from the Windows-based market.

I also take into consideration the iPad as a potential competitor for computing purchases. Apple will report fourth quarter results including Mac and iPad shipments in less than two weeks but I am using my own estimates until then.

Here is how the platforms grew over the last few quarters (all figures are global):

The Gartner data implies

[Sponsor] HelpSpot & Open Source Help Desk List

“Openness” has become a politicized word. It’s been pulled in multiple directions and diluted into near meaninglessness. However, open source is a crucial foundation to much of computing today. It’s like reinforcing bar (rebar) in a building–mostly invisible but providing the necessary structural strength.

Like rebar’s however, open source is typically the least glamorous part of software and often powers the lower levels of a software stack making it easy to ignore. The other non-glamorous but essential part of the software industry is support and the “Help Desk”. Without this service, consumers would simply stop consuming.

So with this in mind, I’m grateful to HelpSpot for sponsoring Asymco this week.   Six years ago they created Open Source Help Desk List to assist companies looking for an open source help desk software solution. It’s been very successful, serving as an invaluable tool for thousands of companies.

They hope it can help you as well.

If you’d prefer a professionally developed and supported help desk application, then give them a look: HelpSpot: Help Desk Software

P.S. Check out the newest project they’re working on, the PHP framework Laravel.