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PC sales see modest drop amid Windows XP replacements

10
Apr
2014

Global personal computer sales saw a modest dip in the first quarter of 2014, as the pace of decline was eased by replacements of older PCs using Windows XP. Figures released Wednesday by Gartner showed global sales down 1.7 percent year-over-year at 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014. Analysts said the PC market is still ailing amid a shift to mobile devices such as tablets but saw a brief respite with the replacement of machines using Windows XP, for which Microsoft ended its technical support this week. The end of XP support by Microsoft on April 8 has played a role in the easing decline of PC shipments, said Mikako Kitagawa, analyst at Gartner.

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