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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 Tony Swash on 1/11/2013 7:33:47 PM , Rating: -1
yet its still at the same meager marketshare... This chart is up to date as of Jan 1st 2013.

So? Most of the PC market is a vast sea of mediocre crap that Apple would never want to go near. Apple just make lots of best of class PCs, they makes vast amounts of money doing that, Mac users are very happy, Apple is very happy, who really cares what goes on in the rest of the PC world, it makes no difference to Apple or Mac users.

The Wintel PC market is a backwater mostly composed of cheap poorly made generic boxes, commodity PCs made and sold on razor thin margins. If anyone is going to experience that sort of world I am more than happy to cede it to Windows OEMs and Windows users. We Mac users sure as hell don't want any of that.

And nobody cares much about the PC market because the mojo has moved on. Arguing about PC market share is like arguing about vinyl market share in the age of the CD. Tired backward looking nostalgia for a time when the Windows market share meant something.

RE: Apple bias?
By karlostomy on 1/13/2013 3:52:01 AM , Rating: 2
This is a textbook Tony Swash troll post.

I encourage other users not to engage him with repartee.
That means, do not hit reply to any of his posts.

In cases where he is trolling, resist the urge to correct his ignorance.
The best anyone can do is downvote him without further comment, so he is forced to wallow in his own lonely misery.

Let's clean this place up.

RE: Apple bias?
By Tony Swash on 1/13/2013 7:18:48 AM , Rating: 1
The best anyone can do is downvote him without further comment,

Like you just did :)

Dude - get over yourself, other people will have the temerity to have opposing opinions to yours, hence discussion forums such as this one. Try not to be so brittle or scared of different opinions, diversity is good. If you think I am wrong then say why, make some rational arguments, engage in a counter argument. If you can. My consistent experience is that those who wish to end or avoid a debate are those who think the will lose the debate.

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