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Windows 8 fails to boost PC sales in 2012

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Windows 8 has failed to give PC sales the boost that was hoped for, according to a recent report.

Analyst firm IDC has released its findings concerning global PC sales in 2012, and found that Windows 8 has not proved to be the instant salve that some had predicted.

"Although the quarter marked the beginning of a new stage in the PC industry with the launch of Windows 8, its impact did not quickly change recently sluggish PC demand," reads the report, "and the PC market continued to take a back seat to competing devices and sustained economic woes."

Worldwide PC shipments for the fourth quarter of 2012 totalled 89.8 million units, which is 6.4 per cent down on the same period in 2011. This marks the first time in more than five years that the market has seen a year-on-year decline during this period.

The report points to the increasing demand for tablet and smartphone hardware as a reason for the PC's continued struggles, but some of it also falls on Windows 8 itself. According to the report, "questions about the use of touch on Windows PCs vs. tablets slowed commercial spending on PCs."

In other words, Microsoft hasn't sold people on Windows 8's hybrid touch interface, and whether it can work for traditional desktop applications.

Also, these new touch features have been the focus for PC hardware sellers, which has meant that they've failed to push Windows 8's other improvements and features - such as increased security and reliability.

Were you impressed by Windows 8 in 2012, or is it a bold misstep from Microsoft? Let us know what you think on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, or you can take to the comments section below.

Via: IDC

DirtyDen

January 11, 2013, 1:11 pm

I quite like windows 8. I've updated both our laptops (including a MacBook Air) to windows 8, and purchased two All in One PC's (My Dell XPS One 27 being touch enabled). I must admit that I have only used touch a few times on the Dell, and prefer using the mouse.

MikeX

January 12, 2013, 10:48 am

I purchased my mum a new Windows 8 laptop to replace her slow and ageing Vista laptop. Although she has been able to get to grips with Windows 8, after some assistance, the overall experience has not been great. This in part is down to the poor functionality of the modern interface (Metro). Take the email application for example, it fails to allow a basic function like adding a recipient to the contacts application! The only way is to write down the details from the email and enter them into the contacts (People) application. Some email forwards from Outlook will not display correctly and the handling of attachments (both sending and receiving) leave a lot to be desired. Even the Skype application fails to automatically sign in after a restart of the PC!

It makes you wonder were all the money and time went during the long gestation period for Windows 8 to appear! Even an iPad out of the box has better email functionality than Windows 8!

I don't feel the new modern interface has particularly helped in the use of the new laptop, and even question how much benefit a touch screen would have made, since constantly having to hold your hand in the air and lean out is not ideal for a 75 year old, never mind everyone else!

Therefore it does not surprise me that Windows 8 has failed to boost PC sales.

Andrew Nisbet

January 12, 2013, 5:07 pm

Best software for Windows 8?

Classic Shell:

http://www.classicshell.net/

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