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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 GotThumbs on 4/11/2013 11:06:45 AM , Rating: 3
From the article....did you read it?

Regarding WIN8....thats your opinion, but having used it and knowing its true potential... it's just a matter of people opening their minds and making some effort to learn more about it IMO. For instance...did you know you can use WIN8 as a home server OS and pool multiple drives into one single large drive (was part of WHS 1.0) to store your content? Check out We Got Served to learn more about the potential of Win8. I promise it won't hurt you to at least open your mind to the idea.

Most people resist change.... especially when they do not understand the advantages of the change. In time, I believe people will be less afraid of the transition.

Regarding Apple...well that again is your opinion...but I know its not case for everyone. No one in my family uses an Iproduct. All have Android OS phones and are quite satisfied with them. Now it may a case that my family is simply more apt at this than you give everyone credit.

In the end.... everyone will buy what they want...and thats fine with me.

I choose to retain full control over my content and how I get/load my content.

For example, I'm streaming my music through my tablet at work from my own personal cloud (WHS) using Subsonic. I own the content and I retain full control of it. With Apple...Apple has total control over your accounts and CAN cancel your account and delete all your content if they choose....with out recourse. Its in the Terms of Agreement.

Most people who are clueless tend to give up their freedom of choice...willingly IMO.

I don't think my family is all that unique...but maybe we simply like to think outside the parameters Apple wants people to think/feel.

Best wishes on your choice, but I fully disagree with your opinion.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:11:39 AM , Rating: 2
From the article....did you read it?

I did. And re-read it, just to make sure. It makes no such reference to Win8 causing a decline in Apple sales.

In fact, the word "Apple" doesn't even exist in the article.

As for my opinion on Win8 - it's clearly the vastly more popular opinion than your's. Win8 is a total clusterf%ck. The Metrosexual UI is a square wheel trying to replace a round wheel. Any nice things that are bonuses in Win8 compared to Win7 are irrelevant in the face of having to deal with that horrifically malformed UI.

Luckily, Start8 et al are available to fix Microsoft's tragically broken OS, making it useful for actual people. Without such utilities, it's a Fisher-Price toy designed for, and by, children.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 11:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
Again, read the actual article. This is not the article.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
See my reply above.

This is *the* article. You're making comments about another article, someplace else.

You should have actually said that, instead of saying "the article" - which by any stretch of logic would refer to *this* article, here, on this page.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:21:58 PM , Rating: 2
This is NOT the article. This is dailytech's summary of the article. The article referenced throughout is the IDC's actual report. I'm sorry you were confused, but a little critical thinking is necessary in these comments, I suppose.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 11:26:35 AM , Rating: 2
This is really the only statement made about Apple in that *other* article:

Apple fared better than the overall U.S. market, but still saw shipments decline as its own PCs also face competition from iPads.

There's nothing in the article assigning blame or giving a free pass on any of this.

But I would speculate that perhaps the most clear reason why any decline in Apple sales isn't due to Windows 8 is probably the fact that Apple products don't come with Windows 8.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:23:00 PM , Rating: 2
You're kidding right? The entire article is lambasting Windows 8 for the decline of PC sales but it gives ONE line to Apple's decline? You don't see how this is just a little bit suspicious?

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 12:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
No. If Windows 8 had anything to do with Apple, I might...but as it is, and as I noted above, Apple products don't come with Win8. Ergo, people's hatred for Win8 categorically can't be responsible for Apple declines.

In fact, if anything, logic dictates that if people hate Win8 (they do), then they'd look for alternatives. Apple is an alternative to Win8.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:53:28 PM , Rating: 2
And yet its shipments are down. So, obviously, this probably has nothing to do with Windows 8. Which again, points out how biased the IDC's opinions appear to be.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 1:35:21 PM , Rating: 3
What the...what?

OK first of all, I agree that the IDC, Gartner, Forrester, et al are full of sh1t on a full-time basis. I get that.

What I don't get is what point you think you're making. I really don't.

What is it that you think the IDC should have blamed for Apple's decline? It can't be Windows 8. It pretty much has to be Android. Or...WTF are you thinking?

By Varun on 4/11/2013 11:41:40 PM , Rating: 3
Um, maybe what he's saying is that if PC sales are DOWN due to Windows 8, why are Apple sales down? Your answer is Android.

More likely it's Android and iOS that is taking sales from Apple - but they are more than likely ALSO taking sales from Windows.

The netbook revolution kickstarted Windows XP and then 7 sales, but that low end of the market is essentially gone now to tablets.

Also, IDC is not counting Windows 8 tablets as PCs either, so their numbers are skewed.

In the end, this is doom and gloom for PC makers who suck (HP and Dell) and Lenovo is kicking butt because they know how to make well built machines that look great too.

By Ammohunt on 4/11/2013 12:00:51 PM , Rating: 3
Like it has been stated before Microsoft's main mistake with Windows 8 was lack of UI choice for a tradition of leaving the previous interface in the OS to allow people to transition to the Metro interface; it was forced on them with only "Trust us its better" people decided differently and people like me get to wipe Windows 8 off of old ladies laptops in order to put something familiar back on it like Windows 7(True Story).

That being said Windows 8 Tablet is not on my shopping list this year a new iPad for the old lady is. If i ever decided i needed one myself i would sooner go with a Nexus Tablet i believe i am not alone in this opinion. Windows 8 is a total and utter failure.

By datdamonfoo on 4/11/2013 12:23:49 PM , Rating: 1
The old UI is still in Windows 8.

By Motoman on 4/11/2013 12:42:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not having this argument again.

No, it's not. Parts of it are, fragmented about. But your assertion is false.

Just stop.

Win8 is a total trainwreck, and it is well and truly killing the Windows computer market.

By datdamonfoo on 4/12/2013 9:44:10 AM , Rating: 2
No, my assertions are not false. I actually use Windows 8 so I know what I'm talking about. You, on the other hand, just hear things 3rd hand.

By Motoman on 4/12/2013 11:43:02 AM , Rating: 2
Nope. I've had to fix Win8 up for a few people who can't use it. Have had plenty of time to decide for myself whether or not it's a POS.

It is.

By datdamonfoo on 4/12/2013 12:45:26 PM , Rating: 2
Tell me how it's a POS. Tell me just how different it is from Windows 7. Apparently I'm using it wrong because I've had no trouble with it. It works just like it did when I had Windows 7.

By Motoman on 4/12/2013 6:02:58 PM , Rating: 2
As noted, not having this argument again. Everyone with a brain has stated their reasons why Win8 is a massive POS an infinite number of times on an infinite number of websites, including this one.

You don't get to pretend you haven't seen them. Case closed. Go crawl back in your hole.

By Motoman on 4/12/2013 6:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and just for the sake of irony: RTFA.

Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market

...did you actually read this article? Win8 is such a trainwreck, and considered to be a POS by so many people, that it's actually what's causing the massive decrease in computer sales. So go back to suckling at Steve Ballmer's teat. The grown-ups have better things to do than keep babysitting the toddlers who want to play with their Fisher-Price UI.

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