Microsoft released its latest Windows 10 operating system on July 29th, 2015 and then officially announced that it is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 platform to all its Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.
As soon as Microsoft announced the launch of its Windows 10 in December last year, all PC manufacturers were in a mood that the new OS enthusiasm will increase PC sales in November this year.
But research firm Gartner, Inc said that the free upgrade to Windows 10 has slowed down PC sales in 3rd quarter this year and the same is expected till this year end.
Gartner estimated that the worldwide shipments of personal computers fell 7.7% to 73.7 million units in the third quarter as a stringer US dollar made them costlier.
Meanwhile, International Data Corp (IDC) said shipments fell 10.8% to 71 million units.
Up to yesterday’s close, the US dollar had risen about 5.6% this year against a basket of major currencies.
Gartner and IDC predict that global PC market will not recover until 2016.
Lenovo which led the PC market last year shipped almost 15,699 PCs in 3Q of 2014, whereas in this year, it has just shipped 14,900 systems so far in 3Q of 2014.
HP which is world’s second largest PC supplier shipped 14,700 systems in 3Q’14. But in the same period this year, it just managed to shop 13,900 systems.
Dell which is still touted as a reliable PC maker shopped around 10,425 systems in 3Q’14. But in this year i.e. 3Q’15 it just managed to ship 9,250 systems so far.
Note- The results are based on IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker report published on October 8, 2015.
Meanwhile, Microsoft revealed in its latest media interaction that its Windows 10 is now operating on more than 110 million devices worldwide, which includes PCs, tablets, smart phones.