November 8, 2022
Windows PC Market Share Falls Over 5 Percent in Q1 2021

Windows PC Market Share Continues its Decline while Chromebooks Soar

Windows long-running global dominance of PC market share began declining in January 2013 and Chromebook sales are climbing as a result…

Windows enjoyed almost total monopolization of the personal computer market back in the first quarter of 2013. But, it’s massive presence hasn’t maintained its prowess since that time. In fact, Microsoft has suffered a slow and steady decline since that peak and by November of 2020, fell to 73% market share. While that’s still far above its competition, Chromebooks have posted some outstanding sales figures.

Windows PC Market Share Falls Over 5 Percent in Q1 2021

In the first quarter of the year, Windows slid to 75%, down from 80%+ at the end of 2020, according to IDC analyst Linn Huang. Meanwhile, a report from Stock Apps reveals worldwide Chromebook shipments skyrocketed to 276% year-over-year. That translates into nearly 12 million unit sales in Q1 2021 alone. Although this is still far behind PC sales of 84 million, it’s a significant shift.

HP and Lenovo’s combined Chromebook sales hit 7.5 million, accounting for 60% of total shipments in the first quarter. Acer shipped 1.43 million Chromebooks, while Dell doubled to 1 million. Samsung’s Chromebook sales increased by an unbelievable 2233% year-over-year to 1.2 million units in the first three months of 2021. These figures represent a true consumer shift and are probably partly why Microsoft suddenly halted all Windows 10 updates and introduced Windows 11 shorty thereafter.

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