As the launch of Windows 10 nears, the current state of Microsoft’s operating system appears to be turning even bleaker.
According to research firm Gartner, PC OEMs sold 68.4 million PCs in the second quarter of 2015, a drop of 9.5%. IDC, on the other hand, calculated an even nastier drop of 11.8 percent to just about 66.1 million units. These surveys don’t include Windows tablets, though.
It may not be Microsoft’s fault at all in this instance. As the Windows 10 picks up some momentum, some decline was expected, though the trend seems to have disturbed the company for some time now. With the completion of the next giant leap in the OS’s history, the company will hope to regain some of its lost glory.
Lenovo, as expected, took the honors of leading the pack, with sales of 13.44 million units, down 7.5% according to IDC. HP, Dell, ASUS and others took sizeable hits too, but in the worst state by a country mile was Acer, whose market share shrunk by a massive 26.9%. That’s far from an ideal situation to be in.
Meanwhile, as Microsoft observes a grimmer outlook Apple’s Mac seems to be doing quite well. The company’s systems saw a year-on-year growth of 16.1% to see sales climb to 5.1 million units, up from 4.4 million units a year ago.
It seems like Cupertino is capitalizing just where Redmond is losing it. It alone won’t ameliorate the industry’s situation but with a higher price point, it will make enough revenue to satisfy its producers, not-to-mention also rubbish the highly unpopular view that Apple should leave this market segment.
IDC chart courtesy of Apple Insider