Windows, macOS and Chrome OS all see massive growth in new PC sales
Sales of Windows PCs, including laptops, have exploded in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period a year ago, according to a new report this week.
Specifically, device makers around the world sold a total of 49.8 million Windows PCs in the first quarter of 2021, up from 30.1 million units in the first quarter of 2020. The 66% growth is obviously the result. more people working remotely and therefore need the means to stay productive. .
Demand for Chromebooks has also increased dramatically, with sales increasing from 4.4 million units to a whopping 12.1 million units. This is an increase of 174%, showing that Chrome OS is emerging as a worthy rival to Windows, especially in the business sector. And then, macOS devices also jumped 94% from 2.9 million units to 5.7 million units.
Demand for Chromebooks is skyrocketing
Overall, global PC shipments reached 68.2 million units in the first quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, an 81% increase from 37.8 million units a year earlier.
“Chromebooks have continued to dominate the education sector as demand from the primary education sector continues to be high in developed markets. The SMB market is also responding well to the cost competitiveness and manageability of the Chrome ecosystem, giving the operating system a growing share of shipments in this segment and giving vendors a crucial chance to slowly raise prices and to add functionalities for the SME / commercial world ”. Chirag Upadhyay, industry analyst, said.
When it came to laptops alone, Windows was by far the preferred choice, as it accounted for 73% of devices sold in the quarter. Chrome OS was the finalist with 17.7%, followed by macOS with 8.4%.
But the bad news for Microsoft is that that percentage of total sales actually fell by 79.6% a year ago, while Chrome’s score fell by as much as 11.7%.