Global notebook shipments finally overtake desktops

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As if there was any doubt in regard to what direction the computer industry's collective form factor was headed, research firm iSuppli issued a report today which confirms that the trend towards notebooks has finally arrived. Thanks in part to the rise of the netbook, Q3 2008 was the first in which desktop sales were globally eclipsed by those of the notebook.

Calling it a "watershed event in the history of the industry," iSuppli's report caught the turning of the proverbial tables in its third quarter 2008 report on computer shipments. Worldwide notebook sales of 38.6 million edged out desktop PCs by a hair at 38.5 million. In fact, it was a surprisingly strong quarter that was otherwise marred by a global economic downturn. "Momentum has been building in the notebook market for some time," iSuppli's report notes. It continues to state that this is a "major event in the PC market" because it ushers us into "the age of the notebook."

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