For the first time in the U.S., Microsoft breaks into the top five PC makers. Microsoft’s hardware initiative began under Steve Balmer but was hardly a crowning achievement. The Surface brand suffered bad press, poor implementation, lack of focus, and costly write-downs.
While this turnaround has some pretty big caveats, it is still big news for Microsoft, and perhaps the wider world of personal computers. Some of the caveats are as follows:
The number five ranking is only in the U.S.
Gartner is the only one that ranks this way.
Gartner has been inaccurate in the past when ranking Apple because they have no access to Apple’s retail sales numbers.
While barely making the list, there is a huge distance between number four and number five.