Analyst firm IDC says digital camera shipments are stronger than earlier forecast, and it's likely to increase its 2007 shipment projections.
The software giant commissioned IDC to survey the economic impact of IT and Microsoft in 82 countries.
Biggest gains are made in mobile PCs shipped to European, Middle Eastern and African nations, while the U.S. market sees some minor drops.
Open source is more secure. Customers say so.
A new study by the IDC group sees rear-projection TV sales dropping to near zero by 2011.
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As for why the service pack is so huge in the first place, Microsoft says several technical decisions come into play.
Industry analyst group updates forecast on digital camera sales because digital SLRs are hotter sellers than previously thought.
A Web research firm said earlier this week that its data indicates Mac OS use isn't growing this year, even though market research firms like NPD and IDC say otherwise.