PC sales fall for fourth consecutive year

January 12, 2016 byBrandon Bailey
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The PC industry had another down year in 2015, as global shipments fell for the fourth-consecutive year despite new models and the release of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

Even had a limited impact on shipments during the final months of 2015. Analysts at the Gartner research firm estimate manufacturers shipped 288.7 million personal computers in 2015, down 8 percent from 2014.

Gartner says Apple was the only major computer maker to see an increase in global shipments last year, while Lenovo, HP, Dell and Asus all saw declines.

Experts say PC sales are still being hurt by the popularity of smartphones and tablets. And the expected boost from Windows 10 was undercut by Microsoft's decision to give free software upgrades to users of its previous operating system.

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Sales are down BECAUSE of windows 10 the great web spy. They are not down despite it. People do NOT LIKE Win10!!! Win10 in the wild is a virus that you catch by not turning off certain services in windows, like background update reloaders, remote sign in'ers, remote 'desktops' and other ways of 'backdooring' computer users without their knowledge and/or consent. We have been warned many times before the corporate big wigs manage to jerk the news clips. Stay away from Win10.
Win10 is bad enough by itself, but it intends to become rent/nag ware as well. If you WANT to use a malware that invites itself in and takes over your life; and then has the chutzpah to charge you, say, a hundred cimoleans a year for starters just to sign on, and spies on your mail, websites you visit, how long you stay and what you say... Well if you passionately love that treatment, be the guests of the Pakistanis that run the place now. Save room for the Chinese PLA that has the source code as well.

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