Worldwide PC shipments are forecast to total 255.7 million units in 2007, a 10.5 percent increase from 2006, while PC revenue is projected to reach $213.7 billion, a 4.6 percent increase, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.
Gartner analysts said PC shipments will enjoy, at best, a limited boost from the release of Microsoft's new operating system (OS), Vista.
Analysts at Gartner said they expect a minor increase in sales to the small number of consumers and SMBs that put off replacing their older systems in anticipation of Vista's release. However, the vast majority of consumers and SMBs are expected to adopt the new OS as they gradually replace existing machines during the next several years.
Gartner analysts also said that, while Vista's impact on PC sales will be relatively limited, Vista uptake by consumers and SMBS that do buy new PCs will be strong.