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IDC says 2013 will be one of the worst years yet for PCs

IDC has issued its latest report looking at the state of the PC industry. The company predicts that PC shipments will fall by 10.1% in 2013. This will be the worst year of contraction on record if IDC is correct.
IDC says that interest in PCs is very limited, giving little indication of positive growth other than replacing of existing systems. IDC is also predicting that sales of PCs will decline an additional 3.8% in 2014 before getting a little more positive in the long term.
IDC predicts that total PC shipments for 2013 will be a bit over 300 million units. That is only slightly ahead of the volume of PCs shipped in 2008.
"Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system," said Jay Chou, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers at IDC. "While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device – for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones – PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available.”
“And despite industry efforts, PC usage has not moved significantly beyond consumption and productivity tasks to differentiate PCs from other devices. As a result, PC lifespans continue to increase, thereby limiting market growth."
IDC does believe that 2-in-1 devices that can function as tablets and notebooks will drive some growth for Windows devices. IDC also predicts significant growth for Windows-based tablets with 29.3 million units in 2017 up from 7.5 million in 2013.

Source: IDC

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By Ammohunt on 12/4/2013 1:23:57 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like OS bloat hasn't kept up with processor power. If anyone wants to increase perceived performance all you have to do is switch to an SSD like a new machine.

RE: Bloat
By Mitch101 on 12/4/2013 2:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ding! Ding! Ding!

Completely agree SSD's solve a huge number of issues all around perceived speed of someone's computer that's being held back by even the best of 7200rpm drives. No amount of hybrinate and pre-cache compares they are enhanced by going the SSD route.

This goes especially for laptops they become a whole new world especially if they had a 4200 or 5400rpm drive.

Even the more advanced users that get into editing a home video an SSD might make more sense than a new computer.

RE: Bloat
By jeffkro on 12/4/2013 4:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, you can thank netbooks for putting a stop to that. Now with tablets there is no way MS can still play that game.

RE: Bloat
By TakinYourPoints on 12/5/2013 2:51:21 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly this. Been using SSDs since 2009 and it has made the biggest difference in performance, given incremental increases in performance everywhere else.

My most consistent upgrade has been SSD capacity. I started with a 256GB SSD for about $700 in 2009, got a 512GB a few years later, and last week I got a 1TB for only about $500.

Very happy with how price per GB has been falling every year. Aside from that, everything else can really keep up. A three year old Sandy Bridge CPU is still completely viable and not much slower than a new Haswell.

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