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Windows 10 release can't come soon enough for collapsing PC market

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Worldwide PC sales are in freefall ahead of the release of Windows 10, according to new statistics from research firms Gartner and IDC.

Q2 2015 shipments fell to just 68.4 million units, according to Gartner, representing a 9.5 per cent drop from the same period a year ago.

IDC, which doesn’t count tablets as part of its numbers, reports an 11.8 per cent drop year on year, counting Q2 2015 shipments at 66.1 million units.

It’s the most dramatic decline seen by the industry in almost two years.

The numbers paint a worrying picture, but Gartner reckons the outlook will be slightly different at the end of the month, when Windows 10 lands.

The research firm expects the new operating system to boost sales, but maintains that the PC is in decline.

“This year, we expect the market to be down by close to 4 percent compared to 2014,” said Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Gartner.

Lenovo remains at the top of the pile, with a 2.3 per cent share of the market. HP and Dell are a little way behind the Chinese firm, with 18.5 per cent and 14.55 per cent, respectively.

All three firms gained market share at the expense of smaller PC vendors, including Acer, though all three sold more units in the second quarter of 2014.

IDC says that Apple bucked the general trend, flogging 5,136 computers in Q2 2015, compared to 4,423 units in the same period last year.

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Last month it was reported that since retailers are struggling to shift a large number of PCs, we could soon see plenty of huge price cuts for consumers.

Kuzma86

July 10, 2015, 1:37 pm

The figure for Lenovo has a decimal in the wrong spot

kultivator

July 10, 2015, 3:42 pm

It's Friday afternoon, the TR team are at the pub in Ascot High Street Kuzma... trying to focus on the decimal place on the bar bill ;-)

John

July 10, 2015, 6:16 pm

What's causing the decline? Businesses still use computers surely? Or is it more on the consumer side with people switching to laptops and tablets?

Penfold187

July 11, 2015, 12:26 pm

The decline is more likely linked to the aspect that people are holding onto their machines longer and upgrading individual components. Rather than purchasing new systems, to 'upgrade'.

Noel Grundy

July 11, 2015, 4:46 pm

I agree, I've a 7 year old system that I just keep upgrading, Just added a GTX980 Ti. Machine is still mental fast. Xeon X5670 (4.2GHz)

MoogleStiltzkin

July 11, 2015, 8:25 pm

most people will wait 5-6 years before they consider an upgrade. and usually to save on costs, the parts they usually change is cpu and motherboard firstly. ram if they no choice e.g. ddr3 vs ddr4 mobo compatibility.

other stuff like PSUs they only upgrade if it's broke or they need more power for their new setup. hence why some people get a proper 850 ish watt psu on the get go :x

as for windows ...... only really old ones like xp that had it's end of life, did people bother going to windows 7 and 8. the major reason for windows 10 is directx 12, and even then games mostly won't have it for a while :/

anyway i got like an ivy bridge, so do i really need maxwell ? nope :/ 10-20% not worth it to me. as long as my gpu isn't bottled neck for fps ingames, theres no reason for me to upgrade. thats why people wait for the next 2-4 tick or tock that comes along :x

toboev

July 12, 2015, 8:41 am

"Lenovo remains at the top of the pile, with a 2.3 per cent share of the
market. HP and Dell are a little way behind the Chinese firm, with 18.5
per cent and 14.55 per cent, respectively."

Er, something not right there, maybe check the figures?

toboev

July 12, 2015, 8:50 am

Why would anyone need a new PC?. It's about as exciting as a new fridge - you buy one if you have to because the old one broke. And it's only going to get worse. As, in the name of platform convergence and the rapacious "service" model, more and more stuff goes onto the cloud - including the actual processing - the workload for the PC becomes less and less. Eventually we get back to the pre-PC architecture of a mainframe (now called the cloud) and distruibuted dumb terminals. A decent GPU and fast internet connection might be all that is required.

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