PC Shipments and MSFT
So, how well were PC shipments this past quarter? Gartner claims that Q1 shipments were estimated to be down 1.7%, while IDC estimated that shipments were down about 4.4%. Regardless of the exact number, PC shipments were clearly not at their peak, but it could have been a lot worse, according to analysts who were expecting a 5%-6% decline. According to analysts, the mild success in sales was due in part to commercial drive for PCs and by "the imminent end-of-life of support of Micorsoft (MSFT) for WindowsXP". Based on these numbers, analysts are making projections for the rest of the year and are recommending BUY and HOLD MSFT.