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