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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 4/12/2013 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.

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