For the first time, Microsoft is one of the top five PC suppliers in the United States.
Redmonds Surface Devices helped Acer to become the country's fifth largest PC supplier for transmission in the third quarter, according to research firm Gartner, nabbing 4.1 percent market share of 602,000 shipments. However, Microsoft remains far behind No. 4 Apple, which is transmitted over three times as many devices as Microsoft did for 13.7 percent of the market.
HP became the top dog with a share of 30.7 percent of the US PC market and 4.5 million units sent.
Overall, growth in the PC market was largely flat. PC shipments increased by only 0.1 percent in the last year in the third quarter, according to Gartner.
Rival research firm IDC said shipment numbers actually shrunk by 0.9 percent year-on-year. Nevertheless, they still continue to IDC's original forecast, which expected a decline of 3 percent.
In the US, PC demand was given a hoist of businesses that migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and the schools purchase Chromebooks for use in the classroom, IDC said.
Another driver has bought consumers PC game systems during eSport's upturn, IDC analyst Neha Mahajan PCMag told. "Gaming is a massive drawing right now," he said. "It ends up at the end of the consumer PC market."
The gaming requirement and corporate update program promise to keep PC demand stable in the coming quarters. But challenges remain. A persistent lack of CPUs and brewing of trade war between the US and China has given some fears that PCs and component costs may go up.
However, Mahajan does not expect consumers to end up paying any higher prices in the short term. Suppliers will try to absorb the cost of CPU deficiencies, instead of risk losing PC sales, he said. The US tariffs on Chinese-made goods have also been limited to certain computer components, as opposed to fully-installed PCs from major brands.
"As long as tariffs are not finished (PC) systems, as they are not yet, we will not experience a massive impact," he said. "Where I think things begin to be painful are for the local system integrators, who do much of the device in the United States and import raw components."
Although Gartner ranks Microsoft as a top five PC provider in the United States, IDC has not since the research company did not consider Surface devices to be PCs.