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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 Shadowself on 1/11/2013 7:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
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So why are you putting all this on Windows 8? Look at Apple's shipments, they declined too. Are you going to blame Windows 8 for that too?
Absolutely not. However...
Windows 8 was supposed to refresh the buying cycle. In theory people were waiting in the previous quarter to buy a PC with Windows 8. Thus the most recent quarter was supposed to be a rebound. That did not happen.

Apple's problems were their own doing. They announced desktops (their iMac line) that people could not even order for several weeks (can you say "Osborne Effect"? I knew you could if you tried.) and when they could order them they had several week delays. Many of those "build to order" high end iMacs finally available for order int he second half of December 2012 were not shipped until 2013. Apple did this to themselves. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised that their shipments did not drop drastically because of that stupid move.

And don't get me started on those Mac Pro systems! Every piece of hardware within Mac Pros is at least a full generation out of date from the state of the art. Some subsystems are three generation out of date. I'm a bit shocked that Apple is selling any of those at all!

Lenovo's rise should have been noted in the been strongly noted. They've refocused their lines (in some ways made them more "Apple Like" but much less expensive). Dell better watch out.


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