Windows XP deadline silver lining for slumping PC market

The PC market remained weak in the third quarter, but the expiration of Microsoft’s support for Windows XP in April next year may have prompted users to look at upgrades, which eased the slump.

About 81.6 million PCs shipped during the third quarter this year, falling by 7.6% compared with the same quarter last year, according to research released this week by IDC. The company earlier projected a decline of 9.5% during the quarter.

Business purchases boosted PC shipments, and enterprises are considering upgrades to Windows 7 as support for XP nears an end, said Jay Chou, senior research analyst at IDC.

SOURCE: cio.co.uk