PCWorld highlighs a recent report from Gartner predicting a 22% growth of global PC sales for 2010. This “rebound”, as Tony Bradley calls it, is reflective of general economic recovery but also reflective of success of Windows 7. “Microsoft hit a homerun with Windows 7. As of early March operating system had already sold more than 90 million copies, making it fastest-selling OS ever. Businesses and consumers are aggressively adopting new OS after shunning its predecessor, Vista.”
Gartner estimates that consumer demand for home PC’s will jump nearly 30% this year, while business PC volume will increase less than 15%. “Of course, businesses–predominantly relying on antiquated Windows XP desktop OS–will also embrace Win7 and invest in new PC hardware, but the ebb and flow of hardware & software lifecycles, combined with lethargic pace of budget approvals and PC refresh project execution in larger corporations simply means it’ll take longer. Release of Office 2010 may provide additional incentive for IT departments to green light PC refresh projects as well,” writes Tony.