Google Sells 1 Million Chromebooks to Schools in Q2
Dell officials earlier this month said the company's Chromebook 11, which launched in December 2013, proved so popular that the vendor was unable to keep up with the demand and pulled the system off of its Web site until more came in. Microsoft is pushing back at the rapid Chromebook sales. Earlier this year, officials reportedly were cutting the price of Windows 8.1 OS to help spur development and adoption of low-cost Windows systems. In addition at its Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 this month, COO Kevin Turner reportedly told attendees that HP will release a $199 Windows-based laptop in time for the holiday season. Microsoft also has a Website outlining why Windows systems are better than Chromesbooks, saying the Google devices were not much good for anything other than surfing the Web and using Web apps. According to NPD Group analysts, overall client shipments rose by 1 million units in the first five months of the year with sales of Apple's Macbook jumping more than 20 percent while Windows notebook sales were flat—though sales of Windows desktops in the commercial channel increased by 25 percent, due in part to Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and the general PC refresh cycle for businesses."The commercial channel for client devices has been undergoing considerable change over the last few years," he said. "The advent of tablets and Chromebooks, and the introduction of Windows 8 have all combined to make the market much more volatile than it has been in the past. But the bottom line is that despite reports to the contrary the market for desktops and notebooks sold through the channel in the U.S. has never been better."
Overall, the market for commercial PCs and other devices is strong, NDP Group's Baker said.