Soft Q4 PC Sales Lead to First Annual Decline in Five Years
January 11, 2013 2:07 PM
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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
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.
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It wasn't the operating system
1/13/2013 2:10:43 PM
I like windows 8, and after using it for two weeks I figured it out. But, its no reason to buy a new computer. I recently rebuilt a 6 year old computer and although ivybridge is very fast, its not a reason to buy a new computer. I added, however a solid state drive (for me 128 GB was enough), I can boot up very fast, I can go from
computer off to Skyping in 60 seconds
is a reason to have a new computer! I looked at the desktops at Costco, none of them had a solid state drive. The engineers and marketing folks missed the key feature in the 4th quarter. Somebody should have a 'zero to Skype in 60 seconds' commercial, that would sell new computers with SSD.
RE: It wasn't the operating system
1/14/2013 11:01:05 AM
In a sense it was the operating system.
Windows 8 has no concrete advantage over Windows 7. It's faster, yes, but not by enough to count. It has the same PC requirements as for the previous 2 generations - so why buy a new PC? And if not buying a new PC, why fork over money for a new OS (and then spend time upgrading drivers and BIOS to improve compatibility)?
The problem with Windows 8 is that it's not worth upgrading to. I went to Windows 8 on a new PC recently because it was previously on Vista and I could upgrade to Windows 8 with the cheap upgrade. Why were those upgrades so cheap? Yet again, another hint that it was not worth full price to end users.
"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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