Gartner has highlighted recent global shipment figures as evidence that the PC market may be in a full recovery.
Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at the market research firm, pointed out that the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region has been slower to recover than the US and Asia Pacific areas.
Research by Gartner indicated that global shipments of PCs enjoyed a 22.1 per cent year-on-year increase, with the EMEA returning to positive shipment growth for the first time in three financial quarters.
Ms Kitagawa highlighted the impact of the Windows 7 launch, while noting that price-sensitivity among consumers meant that cheaper products were satisfactory for a significant portion of people.
She said: "Shipment growth was largely driven by low-priced consumer mobile PCs, both in regular notebooks and mini-notebooks."
The preliminary results from the firm showed that there were more than 90 million global PC shipments during the quarter.
This week, Gartner predicted that by 2012, 20 per cent of businesses will not own any IT assets.