25 years on, PC sales top one billion mark

Sales of personal computers (PCs) breached the one billion mark in April, 25 years after they first hit the market, according to an industry monitor on Monday.

”While it has taken the PC industry approximately 25 years to reach the billion mark, the industry is forecast to ship the two billionth PC in 2008,” Gartner Dataquest said in a report received


”The PC industry transformed businesses across the world on the way to one billion shipments, and the computer will continue to alter economies on its way to two billion units.”

Asia is expected to figure as a major focus for PC makers in coming years, Gartner’s vice president of hardware platforms Ian Bertram said.

”Today Asia Pacific makes up just over 11% of PCs already sold worldwide,” Bertram said.

”With over half the world’s population residing in Asia Pacific, we can expect a significant contribution from this region towards the next billion PCs sold,” he said. – Sapa-AFP

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