Waiting for PC sales to recover? Don't hold your breath
PC shipments have had a terrible quarter, and it seems that there's nothing that can be done to save the desktop and notebook from further erosion by post-PC devices such as tablets and smartphones. And things are not going to get any better.
The PC industry has suffered its worst decline in shipments since IDC started collecting data back in 1994, nose-diving 14 percent during the first three months of 2013 compared to the same quarter a year ago. IDC had attempted to prepared us for bad news by issuing a warning earlier this year that sales were likely to fall by about 7.7 percent, but the actual decline makes those initial pessimistic predictions seem utterly desirable compared to the truth.
IDC doesn’t pull its punches when it comes to dishing out the blame for the decline, pointing fingers at Microsoft and the hardware OEMs, the very company at the heart of the PC industry.
"PC industry efforts to offer touch capabilities and ultraslim systems have been hampered by traditional barriers of price and component supply, as well as a weak reception for Windows 8," the report claims. "The PC industry is struggling to identify innovations that differentiate PCs from other products and inspire consumers to buy.
"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, IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays.