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Windows 8 Reportedly to Blame for Worst PC Sales Drop in History

Windows 8 Reportedly to Blame for Worst PC Sales Drop in History

PC sales are slumping in a big way and there's plenty of blame to go around. Before get into that, let's have a look at how bad things really are. According to new data released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), global PC shipments totaled just 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down nearly 14 percent compared to the same quarter in 2012, and nearly twice as bad as IDC's previous forecast of a 7.7 percent decline. That represents the worst year-on-year contraction since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly almost two decades ago.

It's the same old story of tablets and smartphones continuing to eat away at traditional PC sales. Computer makers have tried to fight back by offering systems with touch panels and ultra-slim profiles, but price and component supply are both hamstringing their efforts. Even worse, it appears Windows 8 is having a negative impact on system sales.

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"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. "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."

As if all that weren't enough, IDC says restructuring and reorganizing efforts by Hewlett-Packard and Dell, two major players in the OEM market, only serve to magnify the slowed demand, while whitebox system builders further exacerbate the issue with their consolidation efforts.

"Although the reduction in shipments was not a surprise, the magnitude of the contraction is both surprising and worrisome," said David Daoud, IDC Research Director, Personal Computing.

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The one shining star during these dark times was Lenovo, which outpaced the market with double-digit year-on-year growth, nearly catching up to HP in the process. For now, Lenovo remains the second biggest OEM with a 15.3 percent share of the global PC market, just slightly behind HP, which sits on top with a 15.7 percent share, down percent compared to a year ago.
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Windows 8 definitely has had a negative impact on PC sales but so does the fact that Windows 7 was so succesful.

Most people who own a decent Windows 7 device have no incentive to upgrade to something new unless what they currently have breaks. I think the decline in PC sales for this quarter can also be attributed to the success in the last one. As technology gets better and meets the needs of most average users, hardware that performs better isn't going to matter to users who have all their needs met, meaning upgrades and improvements in performance are only going to appeal to high end users.

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Could also be due to the fact that people are realizing that you don't need to upgrade your PC every year or 2 and that unless you play newer Games or do Graphic design that a computer for 3 years ago is perfectly fine for everyday use.

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The thing is, W8 isnt a upgrade over 7. 8 Doesnt offer a single exclusive feature that 7 doesnt already have.

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RandyMorningstar:

The thing is, W8 isnt a upgrade over 7. 8 Doesnt offer a single exclusive feature that 7 doesnt already have.

That is probably the best way to describe what Windows 8 really is. If anything they should have called it a different version of Windows 7 and "Blue" should be Windows 8 if it happens to be everything that people hate about the current Windows 8. 

JoshuaRichards:

Yikes. I like windows 8.I think they marketed it all wrong. 8 is better than 7 in every respect. Faster boot time, better file transfer management, and touch interface.

But its just poor marketing imo.

Its not all poor marketing which was a big part of it. Issue from drivers to the fact you have people stuck to the start button. I don't mind using shortcuts to get to certain screens, ect. On the same note I want to be able to just use my mouse to navigate because it easier and can be more efficient that using shortcut keys. In the end they wrote great code and did awesome improvements to the system itself, it was just the user interaction that fell flat on its face and since no one wanted to use it companies were not updating drivers as quickly as they probably could have.

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Also, the segment is fragmenting with tablets getting wider adoption. A lot of people are ditching the PC if they just browse and do email.

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Randy I have run 7 and 8 on the same machine with virgin installs on both, and I can see a marked improvement in my performance and workflow with W8

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Yikes. I like windows 8.I think they marketed it all wrong. 8 is better than 7 in every respect. Faster boot time, better file transfer management, and touch interface.

But its just poor marketing imo.

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I think it is a very wrong conclusion or just bad publicity.

I'm sure everyone can see that the need to upgrade the pc has been going down for years. And it makes a lot of sense because:

-the hardware has evolved immensely and satisfies the average user at a much lower price for a greater deal of time

-some of the computing has moved from client machines to the cloud, as well as storage.

-everybody is using more and more tablets an smartphones and that covers some of the tasks, takes some of the time and most of the budget. So less need, less time and less to spend for a pc

Blaming win8 is silly.

Then win8 IS an upgrade over 7 and an important one:

-better ui, easier to install devices, soft etc

-faster and more efficient for what means hardware resources and battery (really you gain battery life)

-new features for corporate an home user (windows to go, app compatibility etc.)

I mean, these analysts may have their own agenda ... but should be plain to see and easy to anticipate. And don't forget gaming consoles because they also play a role

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I did read this story in the newspaper this morning. I'm glad that i stayed with Windows 7 on my PC. I did know that Windows 8 is so different from Windows 7 and that will be hard on some people to get used to it but I think Windows 7 is better to get used to it and easier to understands on the Windows 7 OS. There is plus side for few old games or classic joystick like Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 can work with Windows 7. I know most games and joystick wont do good with Windows 8. I have no plan to upgrade to new Windows in few years.

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LOL now I've read it all.

I really don't get why people think windows 8 is bad.... its not, I love it!! its is a move in the right direction and if you can't understand why they are trying to do then maybe it will take you some time to catch on.

Every app i use and every game I play has run smoothly on windows 8 in fact it runs better.

People want change but *** and cry when they get it.

As IanRussell stated, computers are so powerful now that people dont need to upgrade every 2 yrs. Hell in our office we still run 4-5yr old computers because they are more then powerful enough. The only upgrade i did was install SSD on every workstation.

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With Win-7 on hand and paid for, I see no reason to spend for an OS that I didn't like using. Microsoft trying to cram Win-8's stupid Mobile Metro interface down everyone's throats didn't work, and these stats prove it.

I'm happy to keep right on with Win-7 until they come up with something I want to buy. If they don't, I won't.

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I definitely think windows 8 are hurting sales. I have spent a lot of time using windows 7 & 8 and windows 8 is a great operating system if you have a computer that has touch capability if not windows 8 is a pain in the butt to navigate and a fact that the start menu has been pulled no enterprise is going to adopted it, it should have been left in as an option. and I definitely feel that windows 8 does not offer enough to make it wroth an upgrade marketing windows 8 as a $15 upgrade would have helped but its not wroth its cost in my mind.

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