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Gartner sees PC biz swooning; HP builds up professional printing

Headlines: Gartner: Watch out for worst PC biz decline ever; HP bolsters professional printing line; other IT news.

IT channel news briefs for March 2, 2009

Gartner: Watch out for worst PC biz decline ever

More sunny prognostications: the PC industry will witness its "sharpest unit decline in history" with worldwide PC shipments falling more than 10% this year over last, according to Gartner analysts.

The research firm expects that 257 million PCs will ship this calendar year, down 11.9% from the number of units shipped in 2008. That would be worse than the 2001 dip, when unit shipments fell 3.2%. The decline will be felt in both emerging and mature markets.

One bright spot: Gartner expects the mini-notebooks segment to grow this year.

Worldwide mobile PC shipments are expected to hit 155.6 million units, a 9% increase, while the desktop segment is expected to fall 31.9% to 101.4 million units year over year. Gartner forecasts worldwide mini-notebook shipments to total 21 million units in 2009, up from 11.7 million units in 2008.

That's more bad news for PC companies, such as Dell and HP, which both recently announced poor quarters.

HP bolsters professional printing line

Hewlett-Packard added new digital printing products to its lineup Monday at the 2009 PMA trade show in Las Vegas. Additions include a new high-volume, high-productivity photo specialty solution that uses a customized version of the new simplex roll-fed HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press.

Linux community up in arms about Microsoft-TomTom suit

A suit Microsoft filed against GPS device maker TomTom could be the first shot in a larger Linux war. Or not. But it certainly started tongues wagging last week, according to the Enterprise Linux blog after news surfaced that Microsoft had filed a patent-infringement suit in a U.S. District Court against TomTom NV and TomTom Inc.

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