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PC industry slumps as Windows 8 fails to drive upgrades

Manufacturers in the computer industry were optimistic for the launch of Windows 8. Computer manufacturers and Microsoft hoped that the launch of Microsoft's latest version of its Windows operating system would spur consumers and businesses to upgrade and buy new PCs. However, IDC reports that Windows 8 did not have the impact expected for the computer market.

The research has offered up its numbers for Q4 2012 for the computer industry, and the results are far from positive. IDC reports that worldwide PC shipments totaled 89.8 million units in Q4 2012, representing a decline of 6.4% compared to Q4 2011. The decline during Q4 was worse than the forecasted decline of 4.4% for the computer market.

Lackluster sales during Q4 2012 marked the first time in more than five years that the PC market has seen a year-over-year decline during the holiday shopping season. The computer market continues to be challenged with the growing popularity of tablets and smartphones that many consumers are purchasing instead of upgrading computers.

"Lost in the shuffle to promote a touch-centric PC, vendors have not forcefully stressed other features that promote a more secure, reliable and efficient user experience,” said Jay Chou, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. “As Windows 8 matures, and other corresponding variables such as Ultrabook pricing continue to drop, hopefully the PC market can see a reset in both messaging and demand in 2013."

HP maintained the top position in the worldwide rankings for Q4 2012. Lenovo outpaced the market with growth of over 8% landing in the second place for the global computer market. Rounding out the top five PC vendors in order by sales volume are Dell, Acer, and ASUS.

Source: IDC

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RE: Apple bias?
By andrewaggb on 1/11/2013 3:06:41 PM , Rating: 5

The reality is there is no reason for most people to upgrade their pc's.

Back when new programs and versions of windows required new hardware, people upgraded. Windows 8 has the same requirements as the last 2 versions of windows, maybe even less. Consoles have stagnated the games market, they don't need new pc's either. Nothing does....

Same thing will happen to tablets eventually. Everybody who wants one will have one and they'll be fast enough that upgrading is less of an issue. We've got 2560x1600 res screens and samsung is releasing an 8 core processor... not going to take long before even an old tablet is good enough.

RE: Apple bias?
By wordsworm on 1/11/13, Rating: 0
RE: Apple bias?
By MrBungle123 on 1/11/2013 4:12:26 PM , Rating: 5
Even if Win 8 booted instantaneously and sped up all my software by 15% I would still run Win 7 because I can't stand 8's interface. My system boots fast enough with an SSD anyway that I don't really notice boot times anyway.

Give me the Win 8 kernel and Win 7's shell and I'd probably upgrade next time I overhauled my system. The way it is now, I'll run Win 7 until valve gets enough games ported to linux that I dont feel like im missing anything and i'll have no use for MS anymore.

RE: Apple bias?
By Da W on 1/11/13, Rating: -1
RE: Apple bias?
By MrBungle123 on 1/11/2013 7:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
You can probably hack other cell phone operating systems like iOS and Android to make them usable on a desktop but when you start doing that you're outside of what is supported by the OS's publisher and risk having updates break your functionality. No thanks. I'll use a desktop OS on desktops and a cell phone OS on cell phones... I have no use for a 24" or multi-monitor cell phone so I have no use for Win 8.

RE: Apple bias?
By MrBungle123 on 1/11/2013 4:01:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yes exactly. It surprises me that some of the more high profile companies like nvidia, intel, amd, etc don't subsidize a pc gaming company that focueses on building games that will cripple even high end systems... assuming they were actually good games they would drive hardware sales.

RE: Apple bias?
By tayb on 1/11/2013 4:02:51 PM , Rating: 3
An old tablet already is good enough. I'm still using my iPad 2 and it's more than enough. I surf the web, play simple games to kill time, check my email, and watch movies. Most people think (and I strongly emphasize the word THINK) they need the latest and greatest tablet but the vast majority of these people are wasting money on features they didn't need and will NEVER use.

"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs
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