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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 wordsworm on 1/11/2013 3:58:26 PM , Rating: 0
Got an old computer that you're thinking of giving to someone because you hate to see it go to waste, and it's too slow for you? Install the trial Windows 8 and watch it act like a new computer. It will boot faster than you can imagine. It's the best OS MS has ever built. It's funny that most people don't realize it. MS seems to be hiding this fact from the public. Maybe because their own marketing team doesn't get how much better W8 is than W7?

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.

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