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March 9, 2012 8:51 AM EST

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), and Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) are all indicated for a higher open Friday following a moderate PC outlook from one noted research firm.

According to Gartner (NYSE: IT), PC shipments in 2012 should grow by 4.4 percent over 2011. Though specific numbers weren’t issued in the release, in January Gartner reported shipments for 2011 rose 0.5 percent to 352.81 million units.

Assuming the 4.4 percent growth expectation, shipments for 2012 should be about 368.33 million units.

What’s more, Gartner also sees PC shipments topping the 400 million milestone by 2013, an increase of 8.6 percent over 2012 estimates.

“PC shipments will remain weak in 2012, as the PC market plays catch up in bringing a new level of innovation that consumers want to see in devices they purchase,” commented Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal. “The real question is whether Windows 8 and ultrabooks will create the compelling offering that gets the earlier adopter of devices excited about PCs again.”

Gartner said it expects ultrabooks to garner greater attention in the latter half of 2012, as the industry looks for this platform to reinvigorate the mobile PC form factor.

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