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The Windows 10 vs. Chrome OS battle means it's a great year to buy a PC

Agam Shah | Jan. 13, 2015
Consumers will benefit from the competition: Cheaper Windows machines will try to keep people from straying to Chromebooks, and people who skipped Windows 8 will have a new crop of Windows 10 machines waiting for them.

It remains to be seen how Microsoft adapts Windows 10 to battle Chrome OS. Microsoft is expected to share more details about Windows 10 at a January 21 event on its Redmond, Washington, campus.

But no doubt, a strong end to 2014 has set the tone for a better PC market this year. Lenovo was the world's top PC vendor during the fourth quarter last year, shipping 16.05 million units, up by 4.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2013. HP came close to regaining the top spot it previously held, shipping 15.88 million units and growing by 15.1 percent. In third place was Dell, shipping 10.88 million units, an 8.5 percent increase. A rebounding Acer grew its shipments by 3.2 percent to reach 6.22 million units. Apple was the world's fifth largest PC vendor during the quarter, shipping 5.75 million units, up by 18.9 percent. Asustek was bumped out of the top five list during the quarter.

 

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