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PC sales experience worst slump ever as Windows 8 fails to excite


PC sales experience worst slump ever as Windows 8 fails to excite

Sales of personal computers have experienced the sharpest decline in almost 20 years, according to recent reports.

Market research firm IDC has released figures that show worldwide PC sales of just 76.3 million for the first quarter of 2013. This represents a 13.9 per cent drop since the same period last year.

Not only is this the fourth consecutive quarter of shipment declines, it's also the worst slump since the IDC started tracking the figures back in 1994.

What's more, the extent of this slump is far worse than predicted. It was believed that PC sales would drop by only 7.7 per cent during the first quarter of 2013.

Windows 8 Failure

It appears as if the launch of Windows 8 has failed to provide the boost to PC sales than many had hoped for. In fact, it may have done more damage than good.

"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 IDC's Bob O'Donnell.

Explaining the failings of Windows 8, he adds that "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."

Though it appears as if they're competing for a slice of an ever-shrinking pie, HP will be glad that it remains the top PC vendor with 15.7 per cent of the market. It won't be glad that its business has experienced a decline of 23.7 per cent since this time last year.

With tablet sales on the rise and Windows 8 failing to reignite consumer interest in traditional computers, has the PC had its day? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Via: Businesswire

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April 11, 2013, 10:16 am

I think that a lot of people still want the new technology of Windows 8 PC's but the price is stopping them. There are a few complaints about there not being a start menu etc. but I also hear that a lot of people are pleased with windows 8!
it might just take a while for word of mouth I guess

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April 11, 2013, 12:14 pm

Yeah I think I agree with you, and it's not long after Windows 7 which is an all singing all dancing great OS.
I'm not interested in Tablets, I just don't want to go for the Windows version of the App Store - I know apple is raking it in with that rubbish but you can't play them at their own game, and these figures prove it!


April 11, 2013, 1:00 pm

Oh gosh, I'm not sure I should be commenting on another of your Windows 8 articles, but here goes...

It's a fact that PC sales 'slump' is not caused by Windows 8. That's preposterous. Fair enough, it's failed to 'excite' (anyone here ever been 'excited' by a Windows release?) and prevent people going to Android or Apple. But the fact of the matter is people aren't investing in new PC hardware. They want tablets. They want easy and they want it now and they want it cheap.

Nothing to do with Windows 8, and articles like this scaremonger and exaggerate the issue.

PCs, as Trusted Reviews themselves have suggested in past articles, are likely to evolve and become the hybrids we're starting to see already. The PC as we knew it is dead. That's the idea of Windows 8.


April 12, 2013, 12:23 pm

I don't agree. I have used windows 8, and windows server 2012, and they're horrible. I will never have any version of that OS on a machine I own. I won't buy a machine with those OS's on it... I wouldn't even download it from bit-torrent for free. I'm just one guy, but honestly, having been in the computer industry for 20 years, and seeing new versions of windows come and go - some of them better then others, I can honestly say that this one is worth boycotting. If Microsoft is going to go in that direction, they're going to go without me. Plain and simple. I'll use an older version of windows until I can find a version of Linux that will run the software I want to use... If one doesn't exist already.


April 13, 2013, 7:11 pm

I would have bought Windows 8 if, if Microsoft allowed me a option to enable the Start menu and disable Metro. Microsoft need to keep in mind Windows is primarily used by businesses and businesses don't want to deal with Metro. Microsoft should have made two versions of Windows 8, a Tablet/Phone version that is completely Metro and a desktop version that has the start button. Microsoft better get Windows 9 right or I fear we might see the end of this corporation.

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