There may be some hope for the PC market after all. Digitimes‘ latest research report shows that notebook shipments posted a month-over-month across-the-board increase in June as HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Asus all saw their shipments increase from shipment volumes in May. On the downside, however, notebook shipments were still down year-over-year from June 2012 and the overall market for Windows-based PCs remained depressed compared to a year ago. That said, it’s good news that notebook shipments are starting to gain some positive momentum just as Microsoft is preparing to launch its Windows 8.1 update this fall that gives users to option to boot up to desktop mode and that brings back the Start button to some degree.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.