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Analysts Say Windows 8 Not To Blame For PC Decline



/ 3 years ago

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PC analysts Gartner have made their latest report on the state of the PC market.  According to them PC shipments declined 10.9% in the second quarter of 2013 but they believe Windows 8 should not be blamed. Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, stated that the decline of the PC industry had started well before Windows 8 actually hit the market.

“While Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market’s decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained decline in PC shipments, nor does it explain Apple’s market performance” said Kitagawa.

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Gartner’s figures mirror a similar trend showed by IDC just a few days ago. In the USA even Apple experienced a decline of 4.3% which was worse than HP, Dell and Lenovo – who all did quite well. Though Toshiba, ASUS and Acer have all been struggling. This would suggest that any declines in shipments and PC sales have little to do with what operating system companies sell, but how dynamic their product design is and how well their consumer-base is coping with the current economic conditions.

If you’re interested in seeing region-specific figures then be sure to check out the full report here.

Image #1 courtesy of Microsoft and Image #2 courtesy of Gartner.


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  • charley machicote

    WINDOW8 GOT A REAL DEAL ON IT THEN FOUND OUT THAT 80% OF MY SOFTWARE HAD TO BE REPLACED COSTING ME HUNDREDS THEN THE THING DECIDESONE DAY ITS GOING TO CRASH BUT DONT FEAR ITSGOT IT UNDER CONTROL LOSTALL NEW PROGRAMS TOOK 2 DAYS DOWNLOADING THEM AGAIN… I ALWAYS TRY THE NEWEST THINGS SO I JUMPED ON THE 8BAND WAGON SORRY TO SAY ITS A REAL PAIN IN THE A$$ TO OPERATE I WHO HAVE SEVERALCERTS FROM MICROSOFT THINK 7 WASTHE BEST SO FAR BETA TESTING 8.1 SAME SHIP WITH A 1 AFTER IT I DONT HAVE TOUCH SCREEN JUST PISSSED ON ONE TO MANY TIMES

    • mojo

      Apparently it broke your caps lock key as well…

  • Stitch

    PC market is dying you say? I call BS on that one. People are just getting smarter and building their own instead of buying these pre built pieces of junk.

    • I didn’t say that at all.

      • Stitch

        My apologies, I did not mean to direct that at you. Just the reports saying so.

  • Wayne

    Win 8 is not entirely to blame. There are a lot of factors to be taken into account but Win 8 is a convenient scapegoat for most.

  • charley machicote

    Yes cap lock broken lol
    just a little pissed I