One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC | 7/15/2016 | Staff
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Microsoft’s free upgrade of Windows 10 hit PC makers where it hurt though the extent of this was apparently a surprise to the software giant, data druids at Gartner have claimed.

According to a survey by the holders of the Magic Quadrant, one in five consumers that upgraded to the free version of the OS decided they didn’t actually need to replace their client after all.


Surprised? Thought it might have been higher? So did we.

Research director Ranjit Atwal told The Reg, “People with older PCs upgraded to Windows 10 and held onto them. Microsoft didn’t expect that number to be so high”.

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Some 154 million consumer desktops and laptops were sold worldwide in 2014 and 138 million in 2015, a year-on-year fall of 10.4 per cent year-on-year.

Gartner couldn’t quantify with any certainty how many PC sales were lost due to Microsoft’s freebie - this offer allowed owners of Win...
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