Enlarge / Clockwise, from the highest left: Floor Laptop computer 2, Floor Studio 2, Floor Headphones, Floor Professional 6.

Microsoft was the fifth-biggest PC maker within the US within the third quarter of this 12 months, in keeping with trade advisory agency Gartner.

The highest spot within the US belongs to HP, with about four.5 million machines offered, forward of Dell at three.eight million, Lenovo at 2.three million, and Apple at 2 million. The hole between fourth and fifth is fairly large—Microsoft offered solely zero.6 million Floor gadgets final quarter—nevertheless it means that Microsoft’s PC division is on course, with gross sales 1.9 p.c increased than the identical quarter final 12 months. The corporate pushed right down to sixth place was Acer.

The present quarter must be higher nonetheless; the Floor Professional, Floor Laptop computer, and Floor Studio have all been given refreshes which, when mixed with the always-busy vacation season, ought to stimulate increased gross sales.

Globally, each Gartner and IDC reported a flat PC market (up zero.1 p.c in Gartner’s view, down zero.9 p.c in IDC’s), after the earlier quarter’s modest progress. Each firms agree that the highest three slots are held by Lenovo, HP, and Dell, in that order, however they subsequently disagree. IDC has Acer in fourth, barely forward of Apple in fifth; Gartner has Apple fourth, properly forward of Acer in fifth and Asus in sixth.

The 2 firms have differing views on what a “PC” is. IDC covers notebooks (together with Chromebooks) in addition to desktops and workstations. However it excludes tablets, together with these such because the Floor Professional. Gartner contains desktops and workstations, notebooks, and “premium” ultramobile gadgets (so it does embody the Floor Professional however not the iPad). However in contrast to IDC, it excludes Chromebooks.

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