Microsoft enters top five PC sellers list for the first time

  • Microsoft enters top five PC sellers list for the first time

Microsoft enters top five PC sellers list for the first time

Nevertheless, Microsoft is a software and cloud firm first and hardware maker second, meaning the fact it beat off the likes of Acer, Asus, Toshiba and others to be one of the top US PC sellers is impressive.

Lenovo was No. 1 in global PC shipments in the third quarter.

Overall PC shipments are also ticking along, according to Gartner's estimates, though growth is flat, which in the PC market isn't a bad thing.

Lenovo held on to its crown with a market share of 23.6 percent, up from 21.4 percent in the same quarter a year earlier.

Dell at third position experienced its 10th consecutive quarter of shipment growth, with growth of 5.3 percent in the third quarter this year.

"The PC market continued to be driven by steady corporate PC demand, which was driven by Windows 10 PC hardware upgrades", Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement.

By IDC's metric, overall PC devices shipped had reduced year over year, from 67,971 in the third quarter last year.

The top spot in the USA belongs to HP, with about 4.5 million machines sold, ahead of Dell at 3.8 million, Lenovo at 2.3 million, and Apple at 2 million.

Notably, Dell and Apple were down, and the overall USA market was flat (down some 50,000 units) in Q3 2018, so in that context, Surface sales are doing fine.

IDC listed USA shipped devices as 17.2 million. Gartner said PC shipments in the region totalled 24.3 million units, which it reported as being a 0.3 percent increase from the third quarter of 2017.

The EMEA, Asia-Pacific and Japan markets experienced growth in the third quarter while the U.S. and Latin America declined.

PC demand from the commercial segment buoyed the market, Gartner said, noting that the consumer segment continued to be challenging in terms of unit sales.

But with Windows 10 effect won't last forever.