News Bits: PC Sales Growth for 2006, Dell #1 in Sales for Q3, Lenovo CEO Leaves, Seagate Buys Maxtor

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PC Sales to Grow 10% in 2006 to 229.5 Million Shipped

Growth of PC sales is shifting to laptops over desktops, and next year that will continue.  Research company IDC predicts 10.5% more PCs will be sold next year (2006) as compared to this year.  IDC estimates that a total of 229.5 million PCs will be shipped next year (that’s both consumer and business).  By 2009 IDC predicts 300 million PCs will be sold per year.


Dell, HP and Lenovo Top Ranks as #1 in PC Sales for 3rd Quarter 2005

Dell and HP have long been at the top for shipping the most PCs, and once again for the 3rd quarter of 2005 Dell has placed first by shipping 9.5 million PCs in the 3rd quarter (up from 8.97 million in the 2nd quarter) and HP is second having shipped 8.4 million PCs in the 3rd quarter (up from 7.1 million in the 2nd quarter). 

Lenovo is the 3rd place contender, having shipped 4.1 million PCs in the third quarter.  Lenovo, a Chinese company, bought out the IBM PC division earlier this year and are gaining momentum due to this acquisition.

Here’s the run down for the top 5 PC companies for the 3rd quarter of 2005:

  1. Dell – 9.5 million PCs sold, 17.3% market share
  2. HP – 8.4 million PCs sold, 15.5% market share
  3. Lenovo – 4.1 million PCs sold, 7.4% market share
  4. Acer – 2.5 million PCs sold, 4.5% market share
  5. Fujitsu-Siemens – 2.0 million PCs sold, 3.7% market share
  6. Others – 28.2 million PCs sold, 51.5% market share

PCs means both laptop and desktop computers, but laptops are contributing to a lot of the extra growth in sales for each of the companies in the top 5.


Dell Executive Takes Over Spot of Exiting Lenovo CEO

New Lenovo CEO Bill Amelio jumped from Dell

Yesterday the Lenovo CEO Stephen Ward stepped down, he was formerly in charge of the IBM PC division before they were bought out by Lenovo.  Replacing Ward is a Dell executive by the name of William Amelio (seen on the Dell site here) who has been working for Dell in the Asia Pacific region for the past few years.  There is no clear reason why Stephen Ward left, he helped manufacture the merger between Lenovo and IBM and it’s fairly odd for him to be leaving so soon after that happened.  This seems like mostly bad news for Lenovo, but they insist it’s all part of just a leadership change and not a change in strategy.


Seagate Swallows Maxtor

Seagate today bought out the financially troubled hard drive company Maxtor.  Buying out Maxtor means that Seagate will now have 40% – 45% of the hard drive market.  However, companies like Dell that buy hard drives from both Seagate and Maxtor will now be forced to look for another supplier (in addition to the combined Maxtor and Seagate company), this is because it is bad for a computer manufacturer to rely on one company for supply of a component as it can cause bottlenecks in production if that company cannot keep up with supply demand.

This deal will likely not be approved until the second half of 2006 as antitrust regulators investigate the deal.


Convert Emails to MP3 Format For Listening to While on the Go

The company MagneticTime has announced and released their latest MT1 program that allows users to select emails that they want to have converted to MP3 format and read to them.  This application is targeted at those on the go so you can listen to emails while in your car for example.  Each email takes a fraction of a second to convert from text to audio and is read back with a human like voice.  The MT1 program can be used on your PC, iPod, cellphone or Pocket PC.  To see more about this application visit



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