A lot of people say “We want to see the hard numbers.” Sometimes, certain numbers aren’t so easy to get.
A lot of people in mid-diatribe in some forum try to talk about numbers of PCs sold in the world, or the US, or for the home rather than for business, and usually, they’re just making it up as they go along.
Under those circumstances, it helps to know the real numbers, and IDC Research has just come out with a press release with a chart that has more of the hard numbers that matter in one table than I’ve seen before.
You can find it here.
It provides numbers from 2001-2003, along with projections for 2004 and 2005, broken down by a number of categories including all those I just mentioned above.
IDC Reseach also comes up with other sets of numbers that can help. For instance, they also have numbers breaking down sales by computer company, and if you browse around the press releases, you’ll find others providing the same type of statistic information by both type of computer and region.
Looking at these numbers can help give you a better feel for what is going on in the whole computing world, and can explain why certain companies do certain things. For example, AMD trying to emphasize corporate sales might not make a lot of sense to you until you realize that the corporate market is responsible for over 60% of the PCs sold, and Intel has over 90% of that market (no, you haven’t gone blind, that’s not in the table.:))
At the least, it can help you win a couple arguments. 🙂