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Windows XP end of support helped the PC industry a bit

Research firm Gartner has published its numbers looking at the computer industry for Q1 2014. According to Gartner, it appears that the end of support for Windows XP did give the PC industry a slight boost.
 
“All regions indicated a positive effect since the end of XP support stimulated the PC refresh of XP systems,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. “Professional desktops, in particular, showed strength in the quarter. Among key countries, Japan was greatly affected by the end of XP support, registering a 35 percent year-over-year increase in PC shipments.
 
However, that boost wasn’t enough to offset continuing declines in the industry. PC shipments around the world for Q1 2014 declined 1.7%. Shipments for the quarter totaled 76.6 million units. However, the rate of decline for Q1 2014 was less than the decline in previous quarters.
 
Among the top five computer vendors globally, Lenovo had the most growth with shipments growing over 10.9% during the quarter. HP was the second place firm in units shipped with 4.1% growth for Q1 with Dell in third with 9% growth. Acer saw a major decline in the number of computers shipped, dropping 14.8%.
 
In the U.S., HP was the top vendor with 25.1% of the market. Dell was second with 21.5% of the market with Apple taking third holding 11.5%. Interestingly, Apple saw shipments for Q1 2014 decline 3.8% compared to Q1 2013.

Source: Gartner



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By quiksilvr on 4/10/2014 10:35:25 AM , Rating: 2
That would be another major boost IMO. SSDs are now a $0.25 a GB and it looks like by the end of this year will decline even further to $0.10 a GB. Hopefully by then we can be rid of HDDs completely and give the PC industry a great boost.




By marlenejo on 4/10/2014 10:48:43 AM , Rating: 2
While I agree with you on the increase of affordable SSD (IMO the most important advancement of pc technology from the last years) you don't need really to buy a new PC to enjoy it.


By quiksilvr on 4/10/2014 11:15:03 AM , Rating: 2
For the average consumer that doesn't know the difference between the laptop and, the...the larger one, its a major difference. Imagine a $400 PC with a 256GB SSD.


By marlenejo on 4/10/2014 11:59:58 AM , Rating: 2
For the average consumer ... what the hell is an ssd ?


By ShaolinSoccer on 4/10/2014 12:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
Basically a hard drive with no moving parts. Much faster. they even make hybrids that are both hard disk and solid state.


By marlenejo on 4/10/2014 3:03:08 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks but you didn't follow the thread I think. I was talking about the "average consumer" who has no idea what that is.


By inighthawki on 4/10/2014 5:52:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about him, but your comment gave the impression that you were asking, not making a rhetorical comment about how to market it to a random "average consumer"


By bah12 on 4/11/2014 11:10:53 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe in the short term, but SSD's could stall PC buying in the long run. The average user is what I like to call computer rot. The machine gets slower because they don't read crap and install tons of piggy back apps with every legit download. The same type of user that has 5 different toolbars.

As a result said user's computer runs slower every year. In a couple of years they buy a new one because the same tasks they used to do take longer so somehow the computer is just "worn out" or old. When in reality a clean image would run just as fast as it did day 1. So they blame the old slow computer instead of bloatware.

Now fast forward and give that user and SSD and decent RAM. All of a sudden the bloatware rot that slowed him down before takes much longer to annoy him enough to throw out the computer.

What you've done is extended the life of the PC. Great for consumers, but will stall new sales in the long run. Face it with a good SSD and decent ram very few users would see much benefit over say a Core 2 Duo.


By CSMR on 4/13/2014 6:31:44 AM , Rating: 2
SSDs have been around for years now and have not resulted in an increase in PC sales.
There is no reason for a sudden jump in price. They should approx. halve in price per GB every 2 years in accordance with Moore's law.


Comparison?
By inperfectdarkness on 4/10/2014 11:50:14 AM , Rating: 2
It would be nice if the numbers for smartphones & tablets were also shown. I think at this point everyone pretty much EXPECTS the traditional "PC" market share to be slipping. It would be more insightful to see the overall health of the tech industry to have both sets of numbers for comparison.

If I had to venture a guess, I'd say that we're headed for a lull in hardware development. With less PC's being sold, the incentive to invest in PC hardware is waning. Smartphones & tablets are where the money is now, but hardware improvements in these sectors is usually trickle-down from the PC sector.

We're also seeing an unprecedented time when hardware has finally begun to outpace software. Many people just haven't upgraded their PC's because the performance has still been "adequate" for their needs. It used to be that even a perfectly-maintained PC would eventually begin to seem "slower" over time, but I attribute at least part of this to increased demands on the hardware from newer software. With a simple smartphone being able to do 90% of the tasks your average user needs, it's safe to say that hardware has finally "caught up" to the software.




RE: Comparison?
By Lonyo on 4/10/2014 1:20:37 PM , Rating: 2
They need to define PC before talking about PC shipment movements.

I have a Samsung Ativ Pro, which is a Ivybridge based slate. I bought it as a pure slate, then purchased the keyboard addon later. Is it a tablet or a PC? Does it contribute to PC sales figures? What is the cutoff?


RE: Comparison?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/10/2014 2:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Is it a tablet or a PC? Does it contribute to PC sales figures? What is the cutoff?


I think I can answer this question. The metric I use is simple. If it runs x86 hardware, it's a PC.

But..damnit, then there's things like Chromebooks. Argh, I just blew my own theory apart.


RE: Comparison?
By Da W on 4/10/2014 2:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
PC: Non Android or iOS electronic device.

Yes this is biased. But everything written on the web that say Microsoft is in decline and Google is rising is amazignly easy to find on Google's search, don't you think?


RE: Comparison?
By w8gaming on 4/11/2014 9:32:55 AM , Rating: 2
The same growth of smartphone and tablets have also resulted in the decline of digital camera, bluray player and video disc, mp3 player, feature phone and portable game console, and possible even other market such as watch. It just happens that this category of product is a very successful convergent device that is stealing market share from several existing product category, not just PC. The decline is normal and it eventually will end, after users who don't really need the power of pc have all switched over. If smartphone and tablets can be used to wash clothes, keep the food frozen and blow cool air, I am sure even washing machine, freezer and air conditioning market will be affected as well. All this talk about PC industry is doomed is premature. PC industry is only doomed if ARM can actually deliver a chip that runs faster than Intel best chip, cost a lot cheaper and run much cooler. It has not yet happened and so PC is not yet doomed.


RE: Comparison?
By inperfectdarkness on 4/15/2014 9:59:41 AM , Rating: 2
How about "devices which natively require a keyboard+ mouse/touchpad"?

In my book, everything that either comes with or requires a keyboard to function--is a PC. Everything else (tablet, phone, phablet, etc) is mobile.


Apple decline
By inighthawki on 4/10/2014 11:13:30 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Interestingly, Apple saw shipments for Q1 2014 decline 3.8% compared to Q1 2013.

It's unfortunate that the poor reception of Windows 8 is hitting them too...




RE: Apple decline
By Arsynic on 4/10/2014 11:54:00 AM , Rating: 3
I'll assume this is satire. And if it is, thanks for making the point.

This needs to be stressed: Ten years ago, people needed to buy a Windows PC/laptop to have a low-end, relatively user-friendly computing experience. Now people don't need to buy a PC to browse the Internet and send e-mail.

Personally, most of my consumption is done on the couch or lying in bed. My PC is mainly used for gaming and being productive. But the fact remains that if you still want to be productive a traditional PC is still your best bet.


RE: Apple decline
By inighthawki on 4/10/2014 4:28:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it was :) I was making fun of all the people who say that the PC market is declining *solely* due to Windows 8's reception being very poor. While I'm sure that it has made in impact, these people are ignoring many of the other factors like what you bring up.


Stop blaming Windows 8
By atechfan on 4/10/2014 12:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
Lenevo, HP, Dell and Asus all had increases from Q1 2013. Sales of discrete components to DIYers are also up. Meanwhile, Acer had another sharp decline. Perhaps this is a lesson to Acer and other bottom-tier vendors. People are tired of buying crap.




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