I read yet another article by Gartner on the market for PCs and had to respond. This is the e-mail that I sent:
“In an article with this title, the statement, “Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including X86 tablets equipped with Windows 8, but excludes Chromebooks and other tablets.” is just silly. It’s like describing an elephant by examining its trunk. “Personal computers” includes everything from smartphones to a wide variety of thin clients to powerful workstations. Slicing up the market arbitrarily is scarcely relevant to anything. Many producers of “legacy” PCs produce the newer formats as well. Retailers are seeing the legacy devices gather dust while the “other tablets” are flying off the shelves. A growing segment of consumers see their smartphone as their personal computer.
Who would have read your article if it had been correctly entitled, “Market For an Arbitrary Subset of Personal Computers…”? The article as written gives the reader little information about the market for personal computers.
The world has moved on from a dependency on Microsoft. Gartner should too.
See article on Gartner.com entitled, Gartner Says PC Market in Western Europe Declined 4 Percent in Fourth Quarter of 2013.