If you are been longing to hear some good news, then there is plenty in this new report by market research firm Canalys. And yes, it has got something to do with Windows XP.

The fan favorite operating system that was officially retired on April 8 has given a healthy boost to the sales of the PC market — the hardware industry had been on a bleak decline for the past few years, and many expected the retirement of Windows XP to slow down the demise.

And this is exactly what has happened.

According to the statistics published for the first quarter of 2014, worldwide PC shipments came in at a total of 123.7 million units, which is an increase of 5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Canalys says that users and businesses across the globe that were still running Windows XP decided to purchase new computers in this time frame, in order to keep their data secure:

“Commercial shipments the world over have been lifted by the end of life of Windows XP, a trend that also influenced desktops, helping shipments to remain flat year on year. Notably, however, notebooks and desktops in China, the world’s second largest PC market, declined 13% and 6% respectively compared with the previous year.”

The notebook industry, however, dipped some 7 percent year on year.

But considering the fact that the majority of Windows XP computers did not have the hardware capabilities to cope with the requirements of a modern operating system, this healthy increase in sales was only to be expected.

The only questions that remains is, how long this continues.

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  • Ray C

    We all need to be pushing people to move to a newer OS and newer hardware. It’s good the for economy and for the advancement of technology. It gives use a new baseline for everyone to work off

    • Jake

      You’re right, but it does seem like the desktop could be dying as far as the PC goes. The laptop and tablet seem to be taking over at some point. At least from my perspective. From Microsoft’s view, as long as people buy Microsoft, I guess they don’t care what device it is.

      • Elaine1

        I think you have a point Jake, but you need to consider businesses. It may not always be this way, but the vast majority of businesses still utilize desktop computers. I don’t think that will change anytime soon.

  • Bill Franklin

    Makes sense. XP users are more likely to be older/old-fashioned. To me, this means they’ll be more likely to want a desktop pc rather than a laptop or tablet. Microsoft making money either way.