PC Sales

Is Microsoft Being an Office Jerk?

Everyone seems to have an opinion about what Microsoft needs to do in order to turn things around once Steve Ballmer leaves, but can it pull off an Apple-style turnaround.

Founders Taking Their Firms Private: A New Wall Street Trend?

Barnes & Noble's Leonard Riggio, Dell's Michael Dell and Best Buy's Richard Schulze each want to save the troubled companies they founded from the pains of publicly traded life. But is this trend powered by sound thinking, or wishful thinking?

Done Deal for Dell: $24.4 Billion Plan to Go Private Finalized

Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft. It's the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up financing for risky maneuvers like this.

5 Winners and Losers of the Week in Business

From a fast-growing burrito roller coming undone to an educational electronics toy maker topping a holiday sales list, here's a rundown of this week's star performers and biggest losers in the business world.

Kiss Your PC Goodbye

Your desktop -- and maybe even the shiny new laptop that you bought a few months ago -- are dinosaurs. The "good enough" computing revolution that has nudged consumers-on-the-go toward smartphones and tablets is taking its toll on the box business.

Why Hewlett-Packard Will Never Be Great Again

In the past two years, Hewlett-Packard's world has turned upside-down, thanks to CEO woes, costly acquisitions and a doomed attempt to revive webOS. All those problems cost the tech giant 58% of its market value. But as bad as things appear now, they can always get worse.

Are PCs Going Extinct?

PC makers better learn to think outside of the box: Computer sales continue to slip as companies cautiously watch their spending and consumers flock to tablets and smartphones for their basic computing needs.

Why Dell Will Never Be Great Again

Dell shares opened sharply lower on Wednesday after the PC maker posting disappointing financial results. Sales are soft, margins are contracting, and the outlook is uninspiring.

Apple's iPad Is Set to Take a Bite Out of PC Sales Growth

IT trends researcher Gartner just cut its forecast for 2011 worldwide PC shipment growth from 18.1% to 15.9%. That's still very robust growth for PCs, but they see it as an early sign that the wild popularity of the iPad is taking a toll on the rest of the computer industry.

PC Shipments Slow in Q3

Shipments of personal computers missed forecasts in the third quarter, increasing by 7.6% rather than the 12.7% industry analysts had expected to see.

PC Industry's Woes May Mean Bargains

Computer makers are scrambling to goose faltering consumer demand after a weak start to the back-to-school shopping season. That could mean deeper price cuts and other promotions for shoppers this fall.

Intel Lowers Third-Quarter Revenue Forecast

Intel issued a third-quarter warning, saying its revenues will come in lighter than expected due to softening consumer demand for PCs. It now expects to bring in revenues of $10.8 billion to $11.2 billion, compared with its previous guidance of $11.2 billion to $12 billion.

Taiwan PC Makers Cleaning Up on Mobile Computing

Taiwan's PC industry, the world's largest, posted a 53% jump in first-quarter revenues to $25.1 billion from the year-ago period. And driving sales is a massive shift toward mobile computing as buyers flock to devices like netbooks and tablet computers.