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Worldwide PC demand grew more than expected in the second quarter, propelled in part by a phasing out of support for Microsoft Corp. s Windows 7 operating system, according to research firm International Data Corp. Sales of PCs rose 4.7% to 64.9 million units from the year ago quarter as supply shortages eased, IDC said. "With the January 2020 end of service (EOS) date for Windows 7 approaching, the market has entered the last leg of the Windows 7 to Windows 10 commercial migrations," said Linn Huang, IDC research vice president, in a statement. According to IDC, market share was 25.1% for Lenovo Group Ltd. , 23.7% for HP Inc. , 17.9% for Dell Technologies Inc. , 6.6% for Acer Group, and 6.3% for Apple Inc. . Earlier Thursday, research firm Gartner reported a 1.5% rise in PC sales to just under 63 million units but Gartner does not include Chromebooks that run on Alphabet Inc. s operating system. Like IDC, Gartner attributed Windows 10 as a catalyst for growth.

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