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IDC blames smartphones and tablets for sharp PC decline

Research firm IDC has posted the numbers for worldwide PC shipments in Q1 of 2013, and they show the steepest decline ever in a single quarter since the company has been monitoring the industry. Global PC shipments during Q1 of 2013 totaled 76.3 million units. That number represents a decline of 13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2011.

The posted decline in Q1 of 2013 was nearly twice the expected decline of 7.7% according to IDC. IDC also notes that the poor showing in Q1 marks the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year shipment declines for the industry. Computer shipments in the U.S. declined by 12.7% year-over-year and declined 18.3% compared to Q4 2012.
 
IDC says that despite mild improvement in economic environment around the world and some new PC models with Windows 8 shipments were down significantly across all regions compared to the same quarter of 2012.

Declining mini notebook shipments took a big chunk out of the low-end market with tablets and smartphones also contributing to divert significant spending from the computer industry. IDC also reports that weak reception for Windows 8 has hurt the industry and computer makers continue to struggle to differentiate themselves from others on the market.

"At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market," said Bob O'Donnell, IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays. "While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market."

HP is still the top computer vendor but its worldwide shipments fell more than 23% year-over-year. Lenovo remained in second place and came close to closing the gap between it and HP. Lenovo posted double-digit, year-over-year growth in the U.S.

Source: IDC



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By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 10:59:16 AM , Rating: 2
Where did I get that? Read the article. Apple's drop in sales is excused while all others are the fault of Windows 8. It's a double standard that doesn't hold up. The desktop computer market is down because people have less to spend, computers are lasting longer, and people are buying mobile devices. It has almost nothing to do with the OS, especially since we see that OSX is dropping as well.


By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:14:07 AM , Rating: 1
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Apple's drop in sales is excused while all others are the fault of Windows 8.


The word "Apple" doesn't even appear in the article.

Besides, any drop in Apple sales certainly has nothing to do with Win8. Win8 should be increasing Apple sales, if anything. Apple is losing marketshare to Android - not Windows 8.


By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 11:15:02 AM , Rating: 2
You aren't reading the actual IDC article. Read the article from the link provided.


By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:19:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, I gave you the benefit of the doubt on reading comprehension.

Re-read my original comment (slowly?). It is VERY obvious that I talk about the IDC first, you know, the article that is linked to on this page, and then make reference to journalists who parrot their opinions.


By GotThumbs on 4/11/2013 11:22:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think we're responding to different comments.

But if you click on the source of the article...you will see that Apple experienced a 7.5% drop....based on the IDC research at least.

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS2406...

Best wishes,


By TakinYourPoints on 4/12/2013 1:43:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The desktop computer market is down because people have less to spend, computers are lasting longer, and people are buying mobile devices. It has almost nothing to do with the OS, especially since we see that OSX is dropping as well.


Exactly, this is all about desktop and laptop hardware lasting much longer than they used to. Ten years ago there were tangible benefits to bi-annual upgrades, even if you didn't use your computer for gaming. Now a computer even for niche gaming purposes lasts much longer, and for the massive "normal" userbase it is even longer.

A 2007 PC is perfectly viable for the majority of users out there, even longer for most businesses, and that's a problem for an industry that previously leaned on people upgrading more frequently.


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