PC shipments worst decline in history – blame Windows 8

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Reports have surfaced that PC shipments have suffered the worst single quarter decline in history, or at least the history since IDC started tracking the PC market in 1994. Apparently the disappointing launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 is what appears to have slowed the market.

According to GI.biz, worldwide PC shipments stood at 76.3 million units, which is a 13.9% decline of the same quarter in 2012. This has been classified as the single largest quarterly drop since 1994. IDC only expected a 7.7% drop.

“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, 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. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.”

Even though I’m not entirely sold that Windows 8 is all to blame for the decline, I can’t say that it helped improve PC sales either. The Operating System was simply released at the wrong time. It’s abundantly clear that it’s an OS for touch screens and quite obviously PC’s don’t only come with those do they? The OS could probably be really awesome and successful should that become a reality, but until then, belongs on surface tablets and not on our PC’s. The super fast boot up is just not enough to justify keeping the OS installed, but suffering in other areas.

Last Updated: April 12, 2013

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