The Five Year Plan

Gartner reported that PC shipments totaled 80.3 million units in Q3. Subtracting an estimated 4.4 million Macs yields an estimated 75.9 million Windows PCs.[1]

This total is lower than the total shipped in the same period of 2008.


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The graphs above show the Gartner data and the split between tablets and PCs.[2]

If we include all iOS and Android devices the “computing” market in Q3 2008 was 92 million units of which Windows[3] was 90% whereas in Q3 2013 it was 269 million units of which Windows was 32%.

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Any guesses on what this market will look like in 2018?

  1. The total will be less than this as some PCs will not ship with Windows []
  2. Tablet and Mac data for Q3 is not yet available []
  3. Windows including Windows Mobile or Windows Phone []