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.