Can Microsoft Keep Rising in the PC Market?



Microsoft hits a milestone in the US PC market

The global market for personal computers, including tablet devices like Surface, continued to show stability in the third quarter after years of declining sales. About 67.2 million PCs were shipped globally in the third quarter, meaning the market had expanded 0.1% from a year earlier, according to Gartner estimates.

Although Lenovo rules the global PC market, Microsoft (MSFT) hit a milestone in the US PC market. It captured 4.1% of the PC market in the United States to become the fifth-largest PC vendor in the country—a first for the company. 

Microsoft made gains despite the US PC market falling ~0.4% in the third quarter. Lenovo, HP Inc. (HPQ), Dell, Apple, and Acer rounded out the list of leading global PC vendors in the third quarter.

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Microsoft unveils new Surface devices

The company’s Surface devices helped propel Microsoft to a milestone in the US PC market. In what could boost the company’s PC business, Microsoft unveiled new Surface devices in early October. Microsoft noted in July that the latest edition of Surface was the growth driver in its Surface business division.

Surface business lifted companywide top line

Surface’s revenues increased by 25.0% YoY (year-over-year) in the second quarter, providing the lift that took Microsoft’s companywide revenues to $30.1 billion from $25.6 billion in the second quarter of 2017. This trend represented 17.5% YoY growth. 

IBM (IBM) and Sony (SNE) increased their second-quarter revenues by 3.7% and 5.1% YoY, respectively. Samsung’s (SSNLF) second-quarter revenues fell 4.1% YoY.


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