(The Hosting News) – The shift to the personal cloud is set to play a big role in the PC market in the near future, according to a recent report released by research firm Gartner.
Discussing the matter, Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal stated, “The evolution of the personal cloud will challenge vendors across all mobile devices markets and add to the hurdles for PC vendors to overcome to revive the PCs and differentiate them from tablets.”
Atlwal’s prediction was included in a Gartner report in which the company stated that it expected PC shipments to grow just 4.4% during this year. While it is an increase, it’s not one that’s necessarily high. “PC shipments will remain weak in 2012, as the PC market plays catch up in bringing a new level of innovation that consumers want to see in devices they purchase,” Atwal commented.
There are two major releases that Gartner believes will come into play for the PC market as well. Personally cited by Atwal were the thin notebook computers known as “Ultrabooks” along with Microsoft’s upcoming release of Windows 8. Interestingly enough, Windows 8 appears geared more towards the tablet market.
In the recent past, the PC industry has been undoubtedly affected by the surge in popularity of other electronic devices including tablets and smartphones. Meanwhile, computer manufacturers have thoroughly invested in providing cross-platform personal cloud computing to consumers. The most recent example includes Apple’s iCloud, introduced in June of last year.
This year’s expected 4.3% increase accounts for over 400 million PC units, according to the release by Gartner. Despite a hurting PC market, Gartner pointed to “emerging markets” as the future strength to the PC industry. Atwal specifically said that in 2016, PC shipments would eventually expand from more than 50% to around 70% in those areas. To view Gartner’s release on the matter go here (gartner.com).