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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 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.


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