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Experts gathered round corpse of PC market: It's ALIVE! Alive, we tell you

The XP replacement bonanza reviving the PC market isn't yet over, with estimates suggesting that one in five biz machines out in the wilds is still running the thirteen year-old OS, an HP exec has told The Channel. After eight consecutive quarters of declining sales, the commercial PC market returned to life in the first quarter …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jul 2014

HP imports PC and printer boss for Blighty from US ops

HP has crossed the Atlantic to pluck the replacement for outgoing Brit PC and printer boss Paul Hunter from its US operation. El Chan can reveal that George Brasher, currently the worldwide veep and GM of HP's Laser printer business is coming to Blighty to take charge of the Printer and Personal Systems Group. Hunter is moving …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014

Shoppers shun slabs to give Gartner's Q3 PC numbers a rosy glow

PC-shifters that hung tough in the hope the market would return to growth may have reasons to be cheerful – in certain parts of the world, anyway. Q3 shipment data from Gartner - or at least preliminary numbers that count sales into retailers and distributors, rather than to end-users - climbed 9.6 per cent in EMEA, jumped 4.2 …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2014

Biz PC market's looking healthy – but is it just an XPocalypse bounce?

PC suppliers are pondering if the mini recovery in commercial IT spending is sustainable or just a Windows XPocalypse-related flash in the pan. Under the shadow of Microsoft ending support for the 13-year-old OS, sales of business desktops spiked 26 per cent in Q4 2013, year on year, and sales into the channel improved in this …
Paul Kunert, 10 Apr 2014
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HP UK channel man Bourguet to be crowned consumer veep

HP UK's local channel PC and printer bigwig Pascal Bourguet is set to move into a senior position in the firm's EMEA retail biz. Bourguet rocked up at HP in 2001 as a retail manager and went onto look after major accounts including CarreFour and Dixons in Europe, as well as overseeing consumer PC sales in Blighty. He was made …
Paul Kunert, 01 Aug 2013

RM: Killing our PC unit hit our top line, but our bottom line is pert

Murdering the PC building biz was always going to result in some top-line slippage for Brit specialist education tech supplier RM, but the move to shutter the production line hasn't hurt profits, quite the opposite. The Oxford-based biz today reported half-year numbers to 31 May with sales down more than 22 per cent to £92.1m …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2014

Northamber grabs ladder, claims PC market burning

Northamber's colourful chairman is forecasting a "more worthwhile future" - one that is less dependent on tech hardware - but the latest financials still bear the scorch-marks of attempts to put out its burning PC biz. The UK's oldest tech wholesaler has been rather more quiet since listing on AIM, which means the company no …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2014
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PC addict RM finally quits its building habit, plans to axe 300 jobs

Under-fire education tech specialist RM has finally admitted what the rest of the industry already knew: that it can't make money building PCs and will instead concentrate on developing software and services. It has been a rocky three years for RM, starting with the government's gradual closure of the Building Schools for the …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2013

Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

Any PC makers dreaming of a sales rebound this year are picking up the pieces of that shattered aspiration: beancounters at IDC reckon the number of computers shipped will be worse than first feared. The statisticians believe the market in Western Europe will decline 16.3 per cent to just shy of 47 million units in 2013, …
Paul Kunert, 28 Aug 2013

Euro PC shipments plummet into bottomless pit of DOOOOM

PC shipments in Western Europe declined for the 11th quarter in a row, and suffered the steepest drop on record in the first three months of 2013. That's according to market watchers at Gartner. Some 12.3 million desktops and notebooks found a home during Q1 of this year - those platforms are not completely dead - but this …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2013

RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

Education tech supplier RM didn't even test the appetite among rivals or privateer equity firms to buy its flattering PC biz before murdering it because the business was only just keeping its head above water. The long-standing system builder this week quit the business to concentrate on higher margin software and services. …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013

So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update and the rise of tablet-cum-laptop PCs may boost sales for the software titan and its hardware-making pals - but it won't happen anytime soon. Or so predicts IT distribution channel beancounter Canalys in its global shipment forecast for 2013: the analysts estimates little more than 493 million PCs …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

You can put away the microscope – you can see Acer's profit from HERE (for a change)

Red ink was again conspicuously absent from Taiwanese device slinger Acer’s second quarter numbers, despite continued sale slippage. The biz turned in a net profit of NT$486m (£9.6m, $16.1m) for the calendar quarter versus a net loss of NT$343m (£6.77m, $11.3m) a year ago when it had stumped up for rising DRAM prices and …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2014
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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

With new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella keen to cram Windows into ever more devices, the operating system behemoth is now forecast to swell by no less than HALF a percentage point. Folks at Gartner told us Windows accounted for 13.96 per cent of the 2.33 billion devices shipped globally in 2013, and that they expect a dip this year …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jul 2014

Acer parachutes cofounder Huang in as new chairman

The board of directors at troubled device maker Acer have again elected a key figure from the past to help it get "back to success", the company confirmed following today's Annual General Meeting. Co-founder and general secretary of the Transformation Committee George Huang is to replace the firm's other co-founder, Stan Shih, …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jun 2014

Acer fairly sure it made a profit in Q1. Assuming it got the office tea-bag account right

Ailing Acer has told us "transformation plans" are on track despite generating a profit after tax of just NT$1m - or £19,600 - in the first calendar quarter of 2014. This titchy cash haul would cover a small bunch of non-golden parachutes for execs that want to bale: or equates to a £2.80 handout for each employee in the company …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
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Is it time for enterprise PC outfits to carry Apple Macs?

For years, the Apple Mac has played a small and niche role in enterprise computing, finding favour in areas such as desktop publishing, graphical design and video or content production. But on the whole, a perception of a high price coupled with the lack of a broad spread of general purpose applications has had the tendency to …
Andrew Buss, 15 Jun 2012
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Blighty's PC biz braces for another rocky ride

IDC has more than halved UK PC shipment forecasts for 2012 on the back of falling demand across much of the commercial space, particularly in public sector. The bean counter had expected growth of 5.4 per cent year-on-year but has downgraded this to just two per cent or 10.9 million boxes being sold into channels. "If you look …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2012
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Gartner predicts UK PC market nosedive for 2011

The UK PC channel is stuffed for 2011: both in terms of unsold kit and weakened demand across all market segments, according to Gartner. The beancounter today slashed worldwide PC sales projections for this year and next, cutting 2011 forecasts to 3.8 per cent growth from previous estimates of 9.3 per cent and down a couple of …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2011
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Europe's PC mountain barely dented in price slash bloodbath

Tit-for-tat price-cutting from notebook vendors pummelled the value of the PC market in Europe during July but failed to make more than a dent in inventory levels that have been building up since the Christmas quarter last year. And August, which heralds the Back to School season for the channel, is also looking conspicuously …
Paul Kunert, 16 Aug 2011
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Acer names Marco Andresen as UK boss... yes, you read that right

Hardware giant Acer is keeping the UK MD's role in the family with Marco Grieco Wang Andresen, currently chief of the operation in Sweden, set to place, er, one cheek in the hot seat from next month. As revealed by El Chan last week, the current boss, Neil Marshall, is set to become director for northern Europe - but will share …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2013
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Are the PCs all getting a bit old at your office? You're not alone

Business PC refresh cycles are set to stretch even further, according to IDC analysis - heaping more strain on vendors and channel partners. This comes against a backdrop of declining global sales of desktops and notebooks, which fell by 4.1 per cent and 3.4 per cent respectively in 2012 compared to 2011. No near-term uptick is …
Paul Kunert, 27 Mar 2013

Enormo reseller Insight smacked by software licensing slide

International reseller giant Insight Enterprises has been hit hard by plunging PC and software licence purchases and was unable to cut costs quickly enough to offset declining sales and gross profits in a challenging calendar Q2. The numbers for the box-pushing titan were out last night and didn't make for pretty reading: …
Paul Kunert, 09 Aug 2013
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Box shifters cram UK market with crusty PCs to make room for Win 8

PC shipments into the UK channel declined in the last quarter as vendors focussed on lobbing out Windows 7 machines ahead of the Windows 8 launch. However, in the midst of a recession, no one really noticed any shortages of computers. Abacus-fondling Gartner reckons 2.98 million desktops and notebooks were pushed into the UK …
Paul Kunert, 08 Nov 2012

Analyst postpones PC industry recovery

Don't get too optimistic about a potential recovery in the global PC market. Gartner said Thursday that while there are signs the PC channel is restocking its inventory following an abysmal first quarter, this should not be taken as a revival in sales. Research director George Shiffle said: "[It] should not be interpreted as a …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2009
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Channel to Dell - you've lost

The channel model wars are over, and Dell lost, one industry pundit declared today. President and CEO of Canalys Steve Brazier, kicking off Acer's international press jamboree in Madrid this morning, said that any vendors contemplating a jump from a direct-only model into the channel could not expect a soft landing. While …
Joe Fay, 21 Sep 2007

Microsoft drags 9 resellers to court in fresh piracy blitz

Microsoft has its sights trained on another bunch of Chinese software pirates, this time pitting its formidable resources against nine resellers it said installed illegal copies of Windows onto PCs they sold. Redmond said it started proceedings against the resellers in seven cities across the People’s Republic including Shenzhen …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2012
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Watch out, there's PC channel stuffing about!

Blimey! It didn't take long for a riposte to IDC's optimistic assessment of the PC industry. And from Gartner Dataquest, it's bitter rival, too. Gartner releases its Q3 PC league tables today reckons sales were 15.2 per cent, substantially less than IDC's 18.3 per cent. But worse, much worse, it reckons that much of the ' …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Oct 2000
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Samsung admits Android tablet cash haul is disappointing

Samsung has 'fessed up to something that the industry already knew: punters are still not falling for the charms of its fondleslabs. In a moment of candour at Mobile World Congress that Samsung product strategy exec Hankil Yoon is now possibly regretting, he admitted to CNET: "Honestly, we're not doing very well in the tablet …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2012
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PC builders remain significant force in America

The independent PC channel is still a mighty force in the Americas, judging by research published by the Systems Builders Summit consortium. There are over 40,000 systems builders on the two continents, and this channel accounts for more than 42 per cent of PC sales in North America and 52 per cent in Latin America, Business …
Author, 08 Sep 1999
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Channel fifth column awaits Dell

European PC dealers and disties are willing to put their heads in the lion's den. Like lambs to the slaughter they will queue up to do business with Dell, the nemesis of the channel - if the terms are right. A survey of 107 senior representatives of PC-reselling businesses in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) reveals that: …
Drew Cullen, 02 Oct 2002
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Direct vendors to out-sell indirect channel

The direct channel will outstrip the indirect channel in PC shipments by 2001, according to IDC. The analyst group forecast that worldwide sales would be bigger for direct sellers for the first time thanks to changes in distribution and business customers using internal technical staff. The report, part of the IDC's US PC …
Linda Harrison, 25 Aug 1999
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Gateway stops selling direct

Gateway, the US PC maker, has stopped selling PCs online. From here on in, it will sell only through retailers and computer resellers. The move brings the company into line with parent company, Acer, which sells only through the channel. Interestingly enough, Gateway thinks the move will save it money, which goes to show that …
Team Register, 28 Jul 2008
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AOL to hit UK with Fujitsu free PC package

AOL and Fujitsu are coming together to bundle a free PC/ISP package, according to a report in this month's PC Europa. The two big-hitters were said to be hammering out the details of the bundle, which is expected to be launched in the UK this autumn. Fujitsu UK told The Register the company had been approached by several …
Linda Harrison, 06 Aug 1999
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Acer pushes Gateway back into Europe

Acer has relaunched the Gateway brand in Europe, restyling the cow spotted direct supplier as a channel only brand pitched at SMEs. Gateway Professional consists of three parts: the Gateway brand's residual value in Europe, a restricted set of notebook, desktop and server products, and a specially-recruited channel which gets a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2009
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Ballmer resets recession, preps for 100,000 troops

The economy is not in recession - it's just experiencing a "resetting" of spending. And Microsoft won't retrench after years of huge expansion; it'll just apply the brakes until things get better. At least, that's what Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said while announcing 5,000 planned layoffs and second-quarter earning …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2009
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Microsoft unveils Windows 7 free upgrades and discounts

Microsoft is going into promotional overdrive with Windows 7, four months ahead of the operating system's official launch date. Set to kick in as they are announced today, two offers give you "free" upgrades along with limited-time discounts - if you sign up to get Windows ahead of the October 22 launch. The stick to Microsoft' …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Jun 2009
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SanDisk flashes notebook flash

SanDisk has unveiled faster notebook flash SSDs using its ExtremeFFS technology and with a new controller, a day after attacking the netbook market. This is what SanDisk hope will start making inroads into notebook hard drive displacement. The SATA 7000 family consists of C25-G3 (third generation 2.5-inch form factor) and C18- …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2009
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HP says weak pound won't force a price hike - yet

Hewlett-Packard has no plans to jack up its UK price list despite the pound’s weak performance against the US dollar, which has already forced Dell to hike its prices. We asked HP whether it would respond to Dell’s decision to up its EMEA prices by making a similar move. “It is HP company policy to not comment on competitor …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Feb 2009
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The Year of Disties living dangerously

Online sales will account for 12.5 per cent of total IT spending in Western Europe by 2003. According to IDC, rising Web sales over the next three years will have a knock-on effect on the traditional PC channel, with volume distributors and resellers seeing a slowdown in turnover growth. In 1999 around 45 per cent of the $239 …
Linda Harrison, 09 May 2000
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Analysis: Compaq, IBM squirm between devil and deep blue sea

Four years ago, next January, The Register found itself in San Diego along with thousands of other business partners (BPs) to hear the word of CEO Lou Gerstner about how committed it was to its channel. Two years later, we found ourselves in the company of Compaq luminary Eckhard Pfeiffer at Innovate in Houston, to hear the …
Mike Magee, 14 Dec 1998
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AMD keeps promise with fresh Shanghai

AMD has ramped up its 45 nanometer chip making process, delivering lower-voltage and higher-clock-speed variants of its "Shanghai" Opteron processors. These Shanghai chips are coming to market just when AMD said they would, representing a tiny bit of good news in a twelve-month cycle that has been pretty hard on AMD, its …
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Fujitsu PCs on sale at Iceland

Fujitsu is in talks with frozen food retailer Iceland to sell its PCs. The vendor is in early discussions about selling its mini-tower PCs in Iceland stores in the UK, according to Noel Lynch, Fujitsu channel director. No details were available regarding volume price points of the machines -- or, indeed, which freezer cabinet …
Linda Harrison, 09 Aug 1999
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XP deloaded? MS tightens screws on loose product keys

Microsoft is tightening the screws further on pirate copies of Windows by disabling Internet activation of XP product keys for software distributed by all of the large OEMs. The move however doesn't take the company anywhere close to universal compliance, and seems more intended to reduce casual copying and leakage from the PC …
John Lettice, 25 Feb 2005
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Security for the paranoid

Paranoia is the key to success in the security world. Is it time to worry when other security professionals consider you too paranoid? "You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write F*** you …
Mark Burnett, 27 Apr 2005
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14/09/98 Daily Digest

Tesco flogs Apples of the computer variety Tesco is adding a new variety of apple to its shelves when it begins a one month pilot scheme to market the new iMac. The computer will be available at the two largest stores, one in Stirling, Scotland, and the other in Cardiff, Wales. Jon Molyneux, managing director for Apple UK, said …