LONDON – Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down 13.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, according to market research firm International Data Corp. The year-on-year contraction marked the worst decline since IDC began tracking the PC market in 1994 and also marked a fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines, the company said.
The PC industry's attempts to adopt touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by a weak reception for Windows 8, the firm said. Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system is putting significant numbers of people off buying personal computers and making them more likely to turn to tablet computers, the firm said.
"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 Bob O'Donnell, vice president of clients and displays at IDC, in a statement. "While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI [user interface], 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."
David Daoud, research director for personal computing at IDC, said the size of the reduction in PC shipments was "surprising and worrisome."
The U.S market fell to 14.2 million PCs in 1Q13, down 12.7 percent year-on-year and down 18.3 percent compared to 4Q12. The quarterly shipment number is the lowest since the first quarter of 2006, IDC said.
Most of the major PC vendors fared dismally. Two exceptions were Lenovo and Apple. In the United States, Lenovo outperformed the market with double digit year-on-year growth compared to the market's double-digit contraction. Shipments in Asia/Pacific declined, however, keeping Lenovo's overall growth flat. Apple fared better than the overall U.S. market, but still saw shipments decline as its own PCs also saw competition from iPad tablet computers.
Yes it does.
See my comment to Duane.
You press Windows_key+d and you are in desktop mode....
Windows_key put you back on start menu.
I have been using windows 7 for more than 2 years and I love windows 8.
I have installed all my windows 7 apps.
Works just better.
I don't understand what all this bs is about.
I think most people don't even have a windows 8 install...
Ok I need to understand.
What do you ate about it ?
I am NOT a Microsoft addict. I also use Linux, FreeBSD and others but I can't understand what's wrong with windows 8.
I personally installed it yesterday and love it.
Well ok, they decide to put the metro ui firs.
Press Windows_key + d and you are in desktop mode. You can run whatever you want there.
Even Norton commander if you are old school.
What's wrong with that ?
Maybe it's just that people can'spend one minute to figure it out and Microsoft should have added a banner at the top of the start screen:
PRESS WINDOWS_KEY + D to go to desktop mode,
PRESS WINDOWS_KEY to go back to start screen
I have used windows 8. I just don't see any productivity improvement from touch on a 15in screen laptop. Sure I have and can learn the new OS. But what is the point of paying MS for new software and learning new software for no meaningful benefit.
That I this is the crux of the problem
Windows 8 sucks. They need to add a windows 7 mode. Easy solution.
Why so stubborn Microsoft? I don't want every app to open full screen, that's annoying. I miss my start button.
You blew it big time MS.
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