PC Sales Continue to Decline Despite Windows 10 Launch

/ 4 years ago

Microsoft Windows 10 Retail Box USB Drive Japan

The uptake of Windows 10 has been extraordinary thanks to the free-upgrade promotion and already been installed on more than 110 million devices. This was achieved within a 2-month period and exceeded Microsoft’s most-optimistic expectations. However, this resounding success story doesn’t indicate a sudden upturn in PC sales figures. According to data from Gartner, PC sales declined 7.7 percent during the third quarter.


This isn’t a shocking revelation as PCs are more than powerful enough for the average end-user to last a considerable amount of time. Additionally, the Windows 10 figures relate to existing computers being upgraded. Unlike other operating system launches, consumers don’t feel the need to purchase a new system just to access Microsoft’s latest software. Whatever the case, it seems the declining PC trend will continue for some time as vendors try to make other sectors more profitable.

On another note, Windows 10 is being used on more than traditional PCs. The operating system is being embedded into mobile devices and even the Xbox One. It’s interesting to see the impact of tablets and discussion regarding their usefulness. Can they replace PCs, or only act a supplementary device?

Do you think the future of traditional PCs is very bleak?

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information. 

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4 Responses to “PC Sales Continue to Decline Despite Windows 10 Launch”
  1. Sui-Juris says:

    “Do you think the future of traditional PCs is very bleak?”

    Certainly not. However I do think there is some adjustments taking place with regards to purchasing decisions and the increasing number of available solutions that effect total sales numbers for all computing devices.

    For example: [Phablets made up 10.5% of all smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2014, or about 30.1 million shipped. That’s more than double the 4.3% share of smartphone sales phablets had in the first quarter of 2013.

    The emergence of phablets has caused customers to “second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens on these phones are adequate for tasks once reserved for tablets,” Tom Mainelli, an IDC analyst, said in a statement.]

  2. Stewart Miller says:

    Tablets won’t replace PC’s they are supplemental when on the go along with mobiles. I prefer the bigger screens of monitors and proper PC’s than the tiny screeens of mobiles or even the more reasonable ones of tablets. Wait till you get older and you cannot see well enough on a mobile due to the smallness. However, i have not upgraded to windows 10 either, still using XP and it works fine for what i want and need. If i wanted to upgrade to 10 i would simply buy a copy of windows 7 (now quite cheap on ebay) and get the free windows 10 Upgrade via that than buy buying straight from XP to 10 as its cheaper by the 7 upgrade route. The sales of PC’s are not rising because they are simply still too expensive for top of the ranges.

    • Louie Hill says:

      I don’t really see how the price of top of the range PCs has any bearing on overall pc sales. Most people aren’t buying or even looking at top of the range models.

      I can see Tablets replacing pcs in some regard though, mainly the kind of people who break their laptop every other week and load their PCs up with shite. Obviously you can still do those things but its a little harder and they seem to treat their tablets with a little more care than their laptops.

  3. Blaž Somun says:

    It’s old news and here is how it really is

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