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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 Belard on 4/11/2013 4:35:46 PM , Rating: 0
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.
Will you people stop with this stupid "can't handle change" shit?! Most of us have Android, iOS and Windows systems in our homes. It has NOTHING to do with Win8 changed UI.

It has to do with BAD UI design for the real world. Metro works great, awesome for a phone. It works pretty good on a tablet (not as great) and its useless for the desktop.

Win8 under the hood is very good... but the problems with the UI, the flow... the changes for the sake of change, the bad design from a major company makes Win8 not worth using. Its UGLY on the normal desktop and its Metro UI.

In the REAL WORLD, Windows8 offers very little to nothing over Windows7. Yes the task manager and copy box are very cool and having the UP button returned for explorer is welecomed... but those things and the $40 upgrade price did NOT make up for the rest of the crap that is Windows8. And with Win8 at its normal $150~200 price... who wants to pay for that?

I've taken Win8 off one our notebooks (my wife's) and stuck on LinuxMint ($0)... she has NO complaints and the damn thing boots up just as fast and shuts down faster.

So price can be a factor.

4 PCs with Win7:
zero upgrade = $0
$40 upgrade = $160 (limited time)
$150 upgrade = $600 (for Win8Pro)
Linux upgrade = $0

And 2, 4, 5 , 8 years from now... Linux will still be $0 to upgrade.

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad

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