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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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Sell more models with Win7-problem solved
By TheJian on 4/12/2013 2:05:28 AM , Rating: 3
The problem is you have VERY few choices of win7 machines and 95% of us don't want win8 (it's sales are worse than Vista). How do you stop killing sales? Put Win7 as an option for EVERY SINGLE pc you have on your site for sale.

Boom, like magic, problem solved and pc sales pick up again.

People will be content to wait this out, and now win8.1 which is just win8 again. You will hinder sales until you do the above. Windows won't mean much to me even as it stands now once Valve ports their whole catalog to linux for steambox. I'll use google for apps (or any other office suite for free or cheap) then linux/android for games.

Note to MS: You have until Valve get games on steambox (and android gets unreal3 engine style games) to sell me an OS I actually want without DRM hindrance in any way, before you are useless to me. Explorer better work without the need for XYplorer/Total Commander/xplorer2 etc...Quit messing with my daily use stuff that slows me down or at least give me a box to check to undo it and make it like XP verbatim. Pretty graphics mean nothing if I work half as fast or less to see them. I'll take XP Explorer in the next OS please. I have no use for anything that's been put in explorer since XP (dumb libraries etc...useless). I have almost no use for the new stuff in Win7. Stop hiding stuff from me in the OS also. In XP everything was about a click or two away, but with each next rev (7 & 8) you added more clicks to get the same stuff done. WHY? No thanks.

Bring back the freaking rightclick network repair also (you can create a batch file that does the 7 operations, but why MS why?). I could go on and on about the useless crap you force me through today that I used to resolve in seconds. In 9/10 situations I can just right click repair ethernet, but you force me through troubleshooting, or going into network connections panel etc to enable/disable the connection (which does some functions) etc to get the same crap as a simple right click->repair. Raise your hand if you know you can do the operations with a bat file? Raise you hand if you even know what I'm talking about. Why should anyone need to do any of this or need to know what I'm talking about. It never should have went away, just like the start button. Sure there's a new way of doing things...But if it doesn't make me a LOT faster, what is the point? It's just different (and slower). Is that supposed to make me pay again? That's not enough.

Charm bar works like start menu blah blah? How did it improve my life on a PC? It does nothing, it's just different. I laugh when I here win8 lovers say "you can do the same thing in win8 by doing this...". Why? I could already do it in xp/7 faster. New for the sake of new is dumb. Win8 should have been PURE mobile, not foisted on my desktop (which 8.1 will further do again and won't work either). PC sales will lag until the industry just stops selling win8 and tells MS we're going back to win7 and will no longer sell win8 on ANY pc. Now what MS? :) They have the power to kill this OS. They need to collectively get together and decide to do this so MS can just stick this OS and go away until Win9 or something.

By Belard on 4/12/2013 9:38:59 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed with pretty uh everything you said up there. The market is lost, MS took their time to copy from others (not GUI design but markets to enter), banking on their muscle to take over the mobile space when they feel like it, but that boat has sailed. What does winRT/phone do that an android or iOS device can't? Other than their half-ass office... Nothing, and most people don't give a crap.

They DON'T need to go back to winXP, win7 already had that option included. Only thing missing from win7 is the UP button in explorer and not spending seconds thinking about what is in a directory. This have been fixed in win8. So, take the good parts of win8 and cut out the garbage... And bring back the preview version of the Aero skin... Not the ugly crap to make the desktop ugly. Office 2013 needs to be fixed to not blind you, but also their new pricing makes office a ripoff. So much so that I had clients buy O2010 while they can.

As we noticed last month, MS changed their stance on O2013 in which the retail install was tied to the hardware. Sorry, only an idiot would buy an oem version of office to save $20, when they could have actual media and reinstall rights.

Microsoft has done nothing but screw up after screw up in the past 18 months. So screw them. They have FAILED in every thing. They failed the PC gamer with NOT supporting pc gaming. I bought Gears of War for PC, it was great... I would have bought the other Gears games and Halo, this is MS throwing turds in our face. I'm not buying an Xbox, ever! Period! PC gaming has been killed by MS, hopefully it'll move to Linux. And I am waiting for the PS4 now. Sorry, but games look kick ass on a 55" HDTV, far bigger than my 24" desktop display.

By Motoman on 4/12/2013 12:49:52 PM , Rating: 3
While I'd obviously be fine if MS just kept offering Win7 alongside Win8, if they just put the option in Win8 to not use the Metrosexual UI, Win8 would be fine.

Just put the Start button back, and give the option to boot to the actual desktop. Do what Start8 does.

Problem solved. That's all it would take.

And yes, DTers know that there's free utilities that will do that for you. 99% of the consumer base doesn't know that, and wouldn't do it if you told them anyway. They want it to work out of the box...and Win8 doesn't work out of the box.

30 seconds of someone's time could fix the problem and get Windows/PC sales back on track. But MS is too arrogant to do that. They'd rather sink the industry than admit they're wrong.

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