Think that netbooks are popular now? Research firm DisplaySearch projects that netbook shipments will double this year.
2008 saw 16.4 million netbooks shipped worldwide, and that number is expected to balloon to 32.7 million in 2009.
Shipments of regular notebooks, however, are expected stay flat from 2008 to 2009. DisplaySearch says that the growth in netbook popularity is just one reason for the halted demand. Other reasons include the economic downturn and enterprise customers who aren't buying notebooks due to Windows Vista being preloaded on new machines.
The research firm does think that the launch of Windows 7, coupled with some economic optimism, could make the notebook segment bounce back.