Worldwide PC demand grew more than expected in the second quarter, propelled in part by a phasing out of support for Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows 7 operating system, according to research firm International Data Corp. Sales of PCs rose 4.7% to 64.9 million units from the year ago quarter as supply shortages eased, IDC said. "With the January 2020 end of service (EOS) date for Windows 7 approaching, the market has entered the last leg of the Windows 7 to Windows 10 commercial migrations," said Linn Huang, IDC research vice president, in a statement. According to IDC, market share was 25.1% for Lenovo Group Ltd. , 23.7% for HP Inc. (HPQ), 17.9% for Dell Technologies Inc. (DELL), 6.6% for Acer Group, and 6.3% for Apple Inc. (AAPL). Earlier Thursday, research firm Gartner reported a 1.5% rise (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/global-pc-demand-rises-15-pushed-by-windows-10-refresh-2019-07-11) in PC sales to just under 63 million units but Gartner does not include Chromebooks that run on Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL)(GOOGL) operating system. Like IDC, Gartner attributed Windows 10 as a catalyst for growth.
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