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.
An OS marketed as designed for touch screens then sold on non-touch screen machines is either doomed or will doom the manufacturers on non-touch screen computers. We are seeing the results.
It's the marketing, stupid, not the technology.
And I like Windows 8 when fitted with a tablet-screen-buster app. I have an instance running in a VM on this box - but I haven't had a reason to fire it up in months.
Without the marketing hype MS has to come up with a compelling reason to shift to Win8. They haven't - unless you call UEFI compelling rather than coercive.
Steve Jobs, when faced with catastrophic sales figures for the early macs, promised to make the product successful if he had to market it with 'smoke and mirrors' - what followed was decades of PC bashing and the eventual development of iOS, one of the most user-restrictive operating systems of all time.
As an earlier post alluded to, company scrip will keep 'em coming back to the company store. If your machine will only run vendor-approved apps what choice do you have?
But it's possible this whole discussion is academic - in four years we may all be using Chrome-based devices and explaining how Apple AND MS blew it - I hope so...
I just bouthg a new Laptop that came with Windows 8. The new GUI is very frustrating. It seems that Microsoft likes to re-invent the wheel with new releases of software and this time, with Win 8, they have created a pile of CRAP!
I just hate it, and I knew why.. MS just tried to eat everything at once, pc, tab, cell, mini, RT.. and who knows what else. MS might think people are just following whatever they say. I bought a great hardware for my wife, but I wish it has the 7.
in my opinion, the whole consumer market is trendimng toward mobility with great flexibility and signifacnt features that are availble now in smartphones and tablets.
whether we like or not, the PC market will be more and more limited to industry and offices and will disappear from homes and I believe that is not casued by Microsoft Win 8 becuse any capability that PC consumer wants are currently availble in Win 7 anyway.
I am sure like it was done before in Win XP and Win 7, there will be a setting to set the Win 8 UI to classic appearence which should satisfy the classic users.
I say we're all seeing a change in the market. And many times, changes affect some and benefit others. People are buying more Tablets and smarphones. And even the Tablets with keyboards are perhaps better than the new laptops.
The slom ultrabooks are fragil. Mine's screen was broken. Ultrabook isn't child proof.
So you are telling me that the PC market is slowing down because of Windows 8? Wow! That's a very strong statement. Could it simply be that people want to buy a tablet? I think we need further studies first. I will wait before I make my opinion on this topic.
I don't know that the PC market is slowing down because of Windows 8. I think it's pretty clear that its a combination of factors, including changing consumer tastes and interest in tablets.
But I also think that the fact that Windows 8 hasn't been that well received has created a situation in which the masses are not flocking to buy new PCs the way they did when other new Windows versions rolled out.
There's also a lack of software upgrades to push the windows 8 switch. Windows 7 brought new versions of Office and many games that really weren't happy on previous versions.
Many many people were still on Windows XP, in fear of vista when windows 7 was released, thats a huge time gap. Windows 7 vs windows 8 isn't that big. People had major incentive to upgrade then and they just don't now. To many, windows 7 is still brand new.
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