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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 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.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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