PCs In-Use Reached nearly 1.2B in 2008
USA Accounts for Over 22% of PCs In-Use

January 14 , 2009PCs in-use reached nearly 1.2B units worldwide at year-end 2008. The U.S. retains its PC usage lead with over twice as many PCs as the second place China. The U.S. accounts for over 22% of all PCs in-use compared to 4.6% of worldwide population. PCs in-use growth is slowing, but the U.S. is on track to have more PCs in-use than people by 2013. The rapid growth of mobile PCs is the major reason for current and future PC expansion. When mainframes, workstations and other computers are included, USA had 274M computers in-use while the worldwide total surpassed 1.23B units in 2008.

Top 15 Countries In PCs In-Use
 Year-end 2008
PCs In-Use (#M)
Share %
1. U.S.

264.1

22.19
2. China 98.67 8.29
3. Japan 86.22 7.24
4. Germany 61.96 5.21
5. UK 47.04 3.95
6. France 43.11 3.62
7. Russia 36.42 3.06
8. Italy 35.69 3.00
9. South Korea  34.87 2.93
10. Brazil 33.30 2.80
11. India  32.03 2.69
12. Canada 27.63 2.32
13. Mexico  19.13 1.61
14. Australia 17.01 1.43
15. Spain 16.71 1.40
Top 15 Total 853.9 71.70
Worldwide Total 1,190.1 100.0

PCs per capita in the U.S. topped 86% in 2008 and will reach 100% in 2013. 2006 was the last year that PCs per capita remained higher than cell phones. USA and Canada are the only countries that have more PCs in-use than cell phone subscribers. Worldwide PCs in-use surpassed 1B in early 2007.

More information is available in “Computers In-Use by Country”, an updated market research report by Computer Industry Almanac. The report estimates and forecasts the number of PCs in-use for 57 countries and the six main regions of the world for 1990 through 2013. The report also has estimates of notebook PCs in-use by country.

Computer Industry Almanac publishes market research reports for the PC and Internet industries. For more information see Market Research Reports.

 
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