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Gov't's new policy on public records still vague about data saved on ... - The Mainichi

TOKYO -- The government on July 20 formulated a set of measures to prevent a recurrence of situations in which public records initially deemed nonexis.

How Microsoft turned the cloud into a money-making machine - TechCentral

Revenue from cloud-computing platform Azure rose 89% in the quarter, while sales of Web-based Office 365 software to businesses climbed 38%. Microsoft also saw a bump from relative improvements in the corporate PC market, which has been stagnant for ...

Microsoft sales top estimates due to cloud profits - MyBroadband

Revenue from cloud-computing platform Azure rose 89 percent in the quarter, while sales of web-based Office 365 software to businesses climbed 38 percent. Microsoft also saw a bump from relative improvements in the corporate personal-computer market, ...

Microsoft Earnings Preview: Cloud, PC Trends Positive - Barron's

Microsoft (MSFT) reports its fiscal Q4 results this afternoon, after the closing bell, which most people expect to include healthy results for cloud computing, but also the impact of a rising U.S. dollar reducing some of the profit potential for ...

The PC Market Just Broke a 6-Year Losing Streak. Is HP Inc. Now Cheap? - Motley Fool

In no uncertain terms, HP Inc. (NYSE:HPQ) management had decided the personal computer industry was in decline. Former CEO Meg Whitman decided to spin off the higher-growth enterprise business from the company's core PC and printer manufacturing ...

PC Sales Increase for First Time in 6 Years - CPAPracticeAdvisor.com

The personal-computer industry might not exactly be in recovery mode following several years of declining sales, but the latest figures on PC shipments suggest the industry might at least be showing signs of stability. That's the assessment from tech ...

High school, college students spend summer repairing, updating 20K computers for Ascension Parish schools - The Advocate

Repairing and updating computers is not your typical summer job. And the part-time pay of $10 an hour isn't typical either. That was enough to lure 68 high school and college students. Their mission? To help get more than 20,000 personal computer ...

Dell maintains steady growth in PC market - 512tech.com

Worldwide personal computer shipments grew for the first time in six years while Round Rock-based Dell Technologies maintained its steady growth, according to new industry data for the second quarter of 2018. Dell remained third worldwide for the ...

PC Sales Pick Up For The First Time: After A Downward Trend, ChromeBooks And Windows Surface Pro Help Reverse ... - MySmartPrice Gear

For this first time in over six years, the sales of Personal Computers or PCs have experienced a positive upward trend. The reversal, particularly observed in the second quarter of 2018, may have been partly due to lightweight but capable Chromebooks ...

Global PC market grows for first time in six years: survey - The Star Online

The global personal computer market grew for the first time in six years in the second quarter of 2018, driven by upgrades in the business segment, a market tracker said. The research firm Gartner reported that worldwide PC shipments rose 1.4% in the ...

PC sales record strongest growth in six years - The Borneo Post

KUCHING: The traditional personal computer (PC) market recorded its strongest growth since 2012, rising 2.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18), the International Data Corporation (IDC) reported. Based on its Worldwide Quarterly Personal ...

Global PC market grows for first time in 6 years - theindependentbd.com

“In the consumer space, the fundamental market structure, due to changes on PC user behavior, still remains, and continues to impact market growth. Consumers are using their smartphones for even more daily tasks, such as checking social media, ...

PC Sales Are Up, But Only a Little, So Play It Cool - Gizmodo

After more than five years of declining sales, nerds and APM enthusiasts everywhere can gently rejoice: The PC has made a comeback so far this year, thanks in part to businesses switching operating systems and the insatiable appetites of gamers.

PC sales are growing at their strongest rate for the first time in six years - Firstpost

Personal computer shipments are growing for the first time in six years and market research firms Gartner and IDC have confirmed this. The PC market grew in the second quarter of 2018, and according to IDC, it has increased by 2.7 percent. Gartner, on ...

Sales of PCs just grew for the first time in six years - TechCrunch

Don't look now, but the PC might not be dead. According to Gartner, collector of marketshare and industry metrics, worldwide shipments of personal computers just experienced the first year-over-year growth since 2012. Shipments totaled 62.1 million ...

Global PC market grows for 1st time in 6 years – survey - Rappler

WASHINGTON, USA – The global personal computer market grew for the first time in six years in the second quarter of 2018, driven by upgrades in the business segment, a market tracker said Thursday, July 12. The research firm Gartner reported that ...

The PC market actually grew in Q2 2018, thanks to business PCs - PCWorld

That's the strongest growth since the first quarter of 2012, when the PC market grew by 4.2 percent, IDC said. Rival firm Gartner agreed, estimating that 62.1 million PCs were sold in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second ...

PC market enjoys best growth in six years - MarketWatch

Personal-computer shipments in the second quarter had the strongest showing in six years, driven by stronger demand from business customers, according to preliminary data from two research firms. Based on Gartner Inc. data, it was the first year-to ...

PC Shipments Have Strongest Quarter in Six Years - Wall Street Journal

Similarly, IDC said world-wide shipments reached 62.3 million units, beating the firm's forecast with a 2.7% increase from the year earlier. According to its data, the traditional PC market registered the second consecutive year-to-year increase in the ...

Best quarter for PC market in six years, IDC confirms - MarketWatch

The second quarter of 2018 was the best quarter for personal-computer shipments in more than six years, IDC reported Thursday afternoon, confirming an earlier report from rival Gartner. IDC tracked 2.7% growth in PC shipments from the same quarter a ...

A personal computer is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use. PCs are intended to be operated directly by an end-user with only a general knowledge of computers, rather than by a computer expert or technician. "Computers were invented to 'compute': to solve complex mathematical problems," but today, due to media dependency and the everyday use of computers, it is seen that "'computing' is the least important thing computers do." The computer time-sharing models that were typically used with larger, more expensive minicomputer and mainframe systems, to enable them be used by many people at the same time, are not used with PCs. A range of software applications are available for personal computers including, but are not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web browsers and email, digital media playback, video games and many personal productivity and special-purpose software applications. In the 2010s, PCs are typically connected to the Internet, allowing access to the World Wide Web and other resources. Personal computers may be connected to a local area network , either by a cable or a wireless connection. In the 2010s, a PC may be:

Children being taught how to use a notebook personal computer; a desktop personal computer's CRT monitor, keyboard, and mouse are visible in the background
An artist's depiction of a 2000s-era personal computer of the desktop style, which includes a metal case with the computing components, a display monitor and a keyboard (mouse not shown)

A personal computer (PC) is a general-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use. PCs are intended to be operated directly by an end-user with only a general knowledge of computers, rather than by a computer expert or technician. "Computers were invented to 'compute': to solve complex mathematical problems," but today, due to media dependency and the everyday use of computers, it is seen that "'computing' is the least important thing computers do." The computer time-sharing models that were typically used with larger, more expensive minicomputer and mainframe systems, to enable them be used by many people at the same time, are not used with PCs. A range of software applications ("programs") are available for personal computers including, but are not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, web browsers and email, digital media playback, video games and many personal productivity and special-purpose software applications. In the 2010s, PCs are typically connected to the Internet, allowing access to the World Wide Web and other resources. Personal computers may be connected to a local area network (LAN), either by a cable or a wireless connection. In the 2010s, a PC may be:

  • a multi-component desktop computer, designed for use in a fixed location
  • a laptop computer, designed for easy portability or
  • a tablet computer, designed to be hand-held.

In the 2010s, PCs run using an operating system (OS), such as Microsoft Windows, Linux (and the various operating systems based on it), or Macintosh (macOS).

Early computer owners in the 1960s, invariably institutional or corporate, had to write their own programs to do any useful calculations with the machines, which even did not include an operating system. The very earliest microcomputers, equipped with a front panel, required hand-loading of a "bootstrap" program to load programs from external storage (paper tape ("punched tape"), tape cassettes, or eventually diskettes). Before long, automatic booting from permanent read-only memory (ROM) became universal. In the 2010s, users have access to a wide range of commercial software, free software ("freeware") and free and open-source software, which are provided in ready-to-run or ready-to-compile form. Software for personal computers, such as applications ("apps") and video games, are typically developed and distributed independently from the hardware or OS manufacturers, whereas software for many mobile phones and other portable systems is approved and distributed through a centralized online store.

Since the early 1990s, Microsoft operating systems and Intel hardware have dominated much of the personal computer market, first with MS-DOS and then with Windows. Alternatives to Microsoft's Windows operating systems occupy a minority share of the industry. These include Apple's OS X and free open-source Unix-like operating systems such as Linux and BSD. AMD provides the main alternative to Intel's processors. ARM architecture processors "sold 15 billion microchips in 2015, which was more than US rival Intel had sold in its history" and ARM-based smartphones and tablets, those are also effectively personal computers – though not usually described as such – now outnumber traditional PCs (that are by now predominantly Intel-based while a small minority is AMD-based).