Global PC shipments dropped to their lowest level since 2006 last year. According to estimates from market research firm Gartner
, PC vendors shipped a total of 262 million computers in 2017, down from 270 million the year before. 2017 marked the sixth consecutive year of declining sales for the PC industry, and shipments are down almost 30 percent compared to 2011, the apparent peak of the PC era.
According to Gartner's latest forecast, PC sales will decline by another 1.2 percent this year as an ongoing undersupply of DRAM chips drives up prices and further stifles demand. This will partly be offset by Microsoft's decision to end Windows 7 support in early 2020, which is expected to prompt many businesses to get new hardware and thus keep the PC market from shrinking any further through 2020.