If you find it comforting to know some things don’t change, you may welcome this news: Tablet sales are still declining, and 2-in-1s are still replacing conventional tablets.
According to new figures from market watcher IDC, the number of tablets shipped worldwide in this year’s second quarter fell by 3.4 percent from the year-earlier quarter. In all, 37.9 million tablets were shipped globally in Q2:17, IDC says, compared with 39.3 million units a year before.
Virtual reality is the next big thing. Sure, you’ve been hearing that for years, even decades. But this time around, it just might be true.
For example, a new report from Bloomberg states that VR is the fastest-growing skill for online freelancers. It also says billings on VR projects in this year’s second quarter grew more than 30-fold from the year-earlier period.
Your small and midsize business clients who use Microsoft Surface devices can now enjoy the same services and support offered to big enterprises.
Get trained on the latest Intel processors for the data center, and you’ll gain training credits and a chance to win a 60-inch curved TV, flying drone, VR headset, or Starbucks gift card.
Intel just launched Drone Racing, a new competition for solution providers. It combines interactive training on the Intel Xeon platform of data-center processors with drone racing and a chance to win big prizes.
It’s a hot summer afternoon. The air conditioning is working overtime, and so are you.
The difference is, the AC knows what its customers need: cool air. You, on the other hand, aren’t so sure.
We're here to help, with an assist by IDC. The market watcher recently published its latest Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide. The report offers a detailed look at which IT market segments are expected to grow — along with the segments you might worry about.
Here are some highlights:
All-in-One PCs don’t get enough respect. Their design is clever, combining the compact footprint of a notebook with the large display size of a desktop.
That should make AiO systems ideal for your business customers who need a large, sharp display, but don’t want — or have room for — the clutter and cables of a desktop.
These customers could include a medical office that needs a PC in every examining room. A bike shop that wants to show customers more options in an online catalog. Or an administrative office where space is tight.
You probably know already that the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors can deliver high performance, security and versatility for your customers’ data centers.
But did you know that these high-end CPUs also support faster, better and easier data-center storage?
Good news: IDC just raised its estimate for IT spending by small and midsize businesses.
The market watcher now expects worldwide SMB spending on IT to reach $568 billion this year. The United States alone should account for $171.3 billion, IDC says, for about 30 percent of the total.
And by 2021, the market watcher predicts, worldwide SMB spending on IT will top $676 billion. If so, that would mark a compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5 percent.
Wondering how strong the cloud is? Plenty strong, if you go by Microsoft’s fourth-quarter financial results, released today after the markets closed.
Is your PC business weak? Join the club. Microsoft’s is flat, as well.
“I’m proud of the results, especially our commercial cloud results,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, during a conference call this evening with investors.
Overall financial results
Ultra High Definition (UHD) computer monitors are getting wider, sharper and curvier.
Top-tier OEMs including Dell, LG and Samsung are competing for your customers’ dollars. And let’s be clear: When it comes to this new breed of high-res, curved glass, we’re talking about way more dollars than usual.