Gartner sees some PC market growth
Gartner Inc. says worldwide PC shipments grew overall in 2009, but related revenue declined.
The research company's preliminary fourth-quarter forecast for mobile PC shipments says that worldwide shipments will increase 2.8% from 2008 with a total of 298.9 million units selling by year's end. In 2010, it expects PC shipments to increase 12.6% over 2009, reaching 336.6 million units.
The market value of PC shipments is still expected to fall 10.7% from 2008, with an estimated $217 billion of global PC shipments projected for 2009. Gartner attributed that lower figure to price-cutting by hardware vendors trying to spur sales. For 2010, PC revenue should increase 2.6% over 2009 to reach $222.9 billion, Gartner said.
Salesforce.com to customers: Chat it up!
Salesforce.com is trying to harness the social networking power of Facebook and Twitter for customers of its hosted applications. CEO Marc Benioff used Force.com last week to talk up Chatter, an upcoming service, as a Facebook for the enterprise that would link employees with Salesforce.com's Sales Cloud, Service Cloud and content management system, according to SearchCRM.com.
Registered users get a profile page, can update their status and follow the updates of others in the company as well as join ad hoc groups. They can also post links to documents, video and other media through Salesforce.com Content.
Virtualized unified comms no longer a no-no
Most IT pros didn't see virtualization as a viable option for unified communications systems. Until now, that is.
Avaya Inc.'s new Aura System Platform runs several unified communications (UC) applications in virtual machines. Not to be left out, Cisco Systems Inc. promises virtualization support for its core unified communications systems by April. Microsoft supports some UC virtualization features in Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 but remains coy about future plans, according to SearchServerVirtualization.com.
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