Global shipments of devices, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, will grow at a 1.9 percent clip this year over last, but overall spending will decline for the first time, according to market researcher Gartner.
The forecast highlights what is likely to be a rough year for computing devices. Markets have matured and largely stagnated. As a result, companies need new strategies for both mature and emerging markets, said Gartner.
The PC market in particular is expected to slip 1 percent in terms of units this year but increase 4 percent in 2017.
Windows 10 and two-in-one hybrid devices will drive future growth, Gartner said. In addition, Gartner expects companies to upgrade to Windows 10 at a faster clip than previous releases of the operating system.
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