Q1 2013 Record Shows PC Sales Still Falling Due To Windows 8
Roshan Ashraf Shaikh / 5 years ago
Microsoft’s Windows 8 and its respected PC Manufacturers are still having a hard time as research firm IDC indicated that there is a decline of 14% and was also recorded as the largest decline ever since its two decades of tracking PC sales record.
Earlier, IDC anticipated a fall of 8%, but after the official reports Bob O’ Donnel of IDC said that the sales drops are huge and disastrous. O’ Donnel was also one of the key analysts who blamed Windows 8 to be the only reason of PC sales decline. He added,”Not only has Windows 8 not helped, but it’s actually hurt PC shipments.”
He even questioned Microsoft’s attempt in pushing forward touch panel interface for desktops He said,”The costs associated with touch PCs have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft is going to have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if they want to help reinvigorate the PC market.”
But according to Jay Chou, another analyst from IDC said that Windows 8 was nothing more than a contributor for the decline of PC shipment and sales decline. David Daoud expected that the PC business will still continue to decline. However he does expect an improvement during the second half of 2013. He rejected the idea that the PC business will fall soon, saying that PC is still going to be around for a while.
Another research firm, Gartner, said that the reason for declining PC Sales is the booming business of tablet and smartphones which also built a pressure on Microsoft. They will be having its quarterly earnings meeting with Wall Street Analysts on April 18th where they’ll reveal revenue sales from Windows.
Source: Computer World