The "good" news about the PC market is that, by IDC's count, it only declined by 1.7 percent in the last quarter. The only bright spots? Macs at the high-end and Chromebooks at the low-end. While Apple certainly wins when it comes to profit margins, Chromebook sales are surging upwards.

ABI Research found that, in the most recent quarter, Chromebook shipments increased by 67 percent quarter over quarter. The research company expects that year over year, Chromebooks shipments will double.

They're not the only ones who've seen Chromebook's growth. Stephen Baker, consumer research company NPD’s VP of industry analysis for consumer technology, said Chromebooks accounted for more than 5 percent of notebook sales and almost 20 percent of the under-$300 category.

Specifically, ABI found that Acer is continuing to maintain its lead over other vendors in the market, including Samsung, HP, and Dell. By ABI's count, the top three leading vendors, Acer, Samsung, and HP, accounted for 74 percent of all Chromebooks shipped during the first half of 2014. ABI doesn't see the top three changing in the waning months of 2014.

That isn't stopping other vendors from trying. Dell, for example, just released another Chromebook. Software vendors such as Adobe, which is bringing the Adobe Creative Suite to the Linux-based Chrome OS. also see Chromebook as a significant platform.
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