Well, there it is. A non-American company has managed to become the second-largest computer seller for the first time in history. In a fresh research report issued on Wednesday, IDC confirmed that Acer, based in Taiwan, overtook Dell, of Round Rock, Texas, as the No. 2 PC maker during the third quarter, according to The New York Times. The two companies had been neck-and-neck for the last couple of quarters, with Acer benefiting from the increasing demand for netbooks and Dell suffering from a lack of business computer sales. Acer has now set its sights on Hewlett-Packard, the clear PC market leader out of Palo Alto, Calif. According to IDC, H.P. took 20.2 percent of the worldwide PC market in the third quarter, an increase from 18.9 percent in the same period last year. Acer’s market share shot up to 14 percent from 11.4 percent, while Dell’s market share dropped to 12.7 percent from 14.2 percent. Lenovo, based in China, and Toshiba of Japan rounded out the top five sellers, with 8.9 percent and 5.2 percent of the market, respectively.
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