World news – PC market is experiencing a revival

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The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the adoption of cloud, collaboration tools and applications that support working at home. However, it has also breathed life into the PC market, giving that category its best performance in a decade in 2020.

The move to home work last March created a mystery around laptops, with inventories ranging across the UK The high point of the move was erased in just a few weeks and the need for many to stay at home has led to increased investment in PC hardware and supported decent sales.

Canalys rang the bell at its Channel Forum event last October the revival of the hardware world and concluded his conclusions on the strength of the fourth quarter of 2020.

Shipments of desktops, notebooks and workstations rose by 25% year-on-year to a record 90.3 million units. </ Throughout the year, total PC shipments increased 11% to 297 million units. This is the highest annual growth since 2010 as notebooks and mobile workstations increase this performance and shipments of these devices increase by 40% year-on-year. Desktops that were mostly gathering dust in closed offices weren't that popular, and shipments fell 20% over the past year.

« The industry deserves all the success that has found its way, » said Rushabh Doshi , Research Director of Canalys. « Without the commitment of the PC industry, including vendors, the supply chain and the distribution channel, we would be in a completely different position to ensure that every market demand is met.

 » The digital transformation that the world has seen last The year it has taken is unprecedented, and PCs have been at the heart of that change, « he said. “As the world prepares to get vaccinated and overcome the Covid-19 virus, it is important to remember that PCs have played an important role at every stage of this battle, from understanding the virus to the Roll out the synthesis of the vaccine to social surveillance and vaccination. « 

Lenovo led the vendors market with 29.1% annual growth and 25.5% market share in the fourth quarter, followed by HP (21, 2% market share) and Dell (17.5%).

With the UK and other European countries re-banned and restrictions tightened, the need for people to stay at home remains and the prospects for PC Segment remain cheap.

Doshi said the industry gloomists who like to dismiss the personal computer world as a world in decaying orbit will have trouble continuing this narrative.

« It will be extremely difficult to abort the pc like some of us did a few years ago, « he said. « PCs are here to stay. »

In addition to remote working, there are other reasons for hardware specialists to be optimistic about the outlook for 2021.

« 2021 will be an even more exciting year for PCs. Vendors and ecosystem players refuse to rest on their laurels as they compete for the new demand opportunities that have emerged in 2020, « said Ishan Dutt, analyst at Canalys.

 » Innovations in chipsets, operating systems, connectivity and form factors are in the The focus is as the PC industry appeals to a wider range of customers that brings new behaviors and use cases with it, « said Dutt. « While delivery bottlenecks continue to dampen the market in the short term, Canalys expects that most of the wrinkles will be resolved in the second half of 2021. »

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