The overall market leader in the global personal computer market in 2021 was Lenovo with a market share of 24.7 percent with HP Inc. a close second with a 21.8 percent share. In terms of unit sales, Lenovo had 84.02 million shipments, while HP had around 74.18 million shipments.
PC market history
A PC is a multi-purpose computer whose size and capability are designed for an individual user. Without the need to be operated by a computer expert or technician, these devices are intended to be operated directly by the end-user. The term PC was first applied as early as 1972 to the Xerox PARC's Alto, but this later developed to specifically mean a desktop microcomputer compatible with IBM's PC products. Such was the influence of IBM that only Apple Macintosh (Mac) products were able to compete for a share of the microcomputer market after the 1980s, without compatibility to the IBM PC.
PCs come in several varieties, including stationary products like workstations and desktops, as well as portable products like laptops, notebooks, netbooks and tablets. In 2022, it is forecast that 260 million notebook units are to be shipped worldwide. As well as differences between the hardware available, the operating systems on PC devices similarly varies, with Microsoft’s Windows being the most widely used computer operating system in the world, accounting for around 70 percent of the market. For desktop PCs alone, Microsoft’s control is closer to 80 percent of the market.
Personal computer (PC) vendor market share worldwide from 2006 to 2021
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Gartner. (January 12, 2022). Personal computer (PC) vendor market share worldwide from 2006 to 2021 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved May 25, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/267018/global-market-share-held-by-pc-vendors/
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