Shipments of Chromebooks worldwide reached 5.728 million units in 2014, according to a new report from the research firm Gartner. 72 percent of those Chrome OS notebooks went to education customers. A whopping 84 percent of Chromebooks were sold in North America in 2014. Acer has sold the most Chromebooks with 2 million units in 2014.

Gartner says that while the education sector has been the biggest customer for Chromebooks, it has yet to make a huge impact on the regular consumer market. According to Isabelle Durand, principal analyst at Gartner:

"The majority of Chromebook users are tech-savvy individuals who purchase one as a companion device to their primary notebook or desktop PC. Others are buying a Chromebook for the household to use as a second low-cost PC alternative," said Ms. Durand."

"The major factors that affect the adoption of Chromebooks by consumers remain the connectivity issue in emerging markets, but also the ability for users to understand and get used to cloud-based applications, and keep content in the cloud and ecosystem," said Ms. Durand."

Gartner predicts that shipments of Chromebooks will go up to 7.288 million in 2015 and up again to 7.953 million units in 2016.

Source: Gartner