Windows 8 has killed the PC market

Well well.  Windows 8 killed the PC Market.

windows8-deadGlobal sales of PCs fell 14% in the first three months of the year, the biggest fall since research firm IDC started tracking the industry in 1994.

IDC said 76.3 million units were shipped, a figure that underlines the appeal of tablets and smartphones as alternatives to PCs.

The firm said Microsoft’s latest version of Windows had failed to revitalise the industry.

Recession had also led companies to put back renewal of their PCs, IDC said.

The firm’s vice president, Bob O’Donnell, said: “Unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only didn’t provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market.”

Windows 8 is designed to work well with touch-sensitive screens, but the displays add to the cost of a PC. Together, the changes and higher prices “have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices,” Mr O’Donnell said.

Microsoft was not immediately available for comment.

Heh.  Hard not to feel some joy that the gradual decline of Microsoft is happening before our eyes.

IDC also said that, traditionally, companies replaced PCs every three years, but that during the economic downturn this was more likely to be every five years.

“This is horrific news for PCs,” said BGC financial analyst Colin Gillis. “It’s all about mobile computing now.”

Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest maker of PCs, saw a 24% fall in shipments in the first quarter compared with the same period a year ago.


Source:  BBC


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  • Drhill

    I would rather go back to Vista than touch Windows 8 (such a confusing mess of a OS)

    • Hit up Windows 7; it is the spiritual if not direct successor of Windows XP. Vista is and always was a complete dog.

      • maninblack

        xp was out standing.

        • Absolutely agree. I only went to 7 two years after it was introduced. Direct from XP – I saw no reason to ‘upgrade’ from XP to Vista and it took a lot of persuasion to eventually go to 7.

  • Jman

    I wouldn’t write the PC off just yet. They’re still required in the workplace. The future work PC will probably be something like a tablet that you plug into a docking station at your desk. It’s just an evolution not a death. For the home market, gamers will still need them.

    But yes, Windows 8 is a dog.

    • James Gray

      Yes. A tablet is a device to consume with, not to produce with

    • TomTom

      Window 8 isn’t a dog. It’s fucking fast – only takes 10 seconds to boot, and this is an ordinary laptop. Yes, it takes a wee bit to get used to the new way of finding programs, but it’s actually faster – swipe in from the left, “search”, type first two letters and press enter. Done.

  • James Gray

    I installed Windows 8 on all of my vista/XP PCs when licenses were ridiculously cheap last year…

    The new start menu is pretty awful, but Classic Shell ( fixes it quite nicely

    • Why fix what isn’t broken. Microsoft’s biggest problem is that Windows 7 is bloody good. Just like when that Vista travesty came out, XP was way too good. Though MS is ending support on XP in 2014, it remains the most popular MS operating system in use today…expect XP users to seek an upgrade to 7, not 8. And expect MS to try frustrate that path, too.

    • Mike

      Agree. With Classic Shell W8 is just like W7 but faster and more stable.

  • Michael

    Not surprised. Windows 8 sucks. Forcing users to switch between to incompatible user interfaces was a flawed execution of the OS.

  • AnonWgtn

    I bought a copy on line via agent in Germany cheaply and put it on my laptop computer.
    I, am an experienced operative, but found it was out of my league.
    Took it off and now happy with Win7, but still like XP on my older laptop.
    I think MS went too far too quickly.
    I understand from talking to a Branch Manager of a major retailer that they have been told to get rid of anything with Win7 at any price so that any new buyer will have to have a Win8 installation.

    • le sphincter

      Happily bought one of those. gee they were cheap

  • SJ00

    This story is utter bollocks.
    Firstly taking into account PC sales and PC components (ie motherboards and CPUs) then sales are consistent or up depending on who does the measuring. Not everyone buys a brand new PC but upgrades existing.
    Secondly, computers aren’t getting much faster or ‘better’. A brand new system today is basically doing the same thing as one a few years ago. People aren’t upgrading as quickly as they are not seeing massive improvements. They are buying phones and tablets, yes, but once a household has a saturation of these, then those sales will also slow.
    Phones and Tablets are under going the type of upgrades that PCs were seeing a few years ago. There is a difference between the Galaxy S I and Galaxy S III which people can see. But phones and tablets are soon going to hit the same ceiling that PCs have hit. CPU speeds will slow and reach a limit that a phone can support. Water cooling or massive air cooling on a phone? Not going to happen.
    You can’t ‘work’ on a phone, you surf the net, answer some emails, play with some apps etc. I bet most people will use their phone or tablet as an internet device and a games machine. Which is what most people want granted.

    Anyone that says Windows 8 is a dog hasn’t used it. Simple. It is nearly identical to Windows 7 apart from the Start Screen. Its faster and more polished. Yes the Metro apps are suited to a touch screen, but you don’t have to use them. The Start Screen once organised is quick and powerful. Its quicker to load programs from the new Start Screen than the old Start Menu. Again, if you used it, you would know that.

    • The problem is that people see no reason to ‘upgrade’ to it. Whether or not it is any good has become a moot point. Personally, I don’t like it from the limited interaction I’ve had – there is simply nothing it does better that I can’t do already with 7.

      • SJ00

        Exactly.. so I’m not sure why this research company felt that PC upgrades and Windows 8 are tied together. If you needed a new PC, you would have got one with Win 8 or Win 7 (you didn’t have to get Win 8). This article is implying people didn’t upgrade because they didn’t want Win 8.

        • What is salient, however, is that usually people will flock to buy new PCs upon the release of a new OS by Microsoft. This is perhaps the first time in history that this has not happened – and it does not bode well for the PC industry and certainly not for Windows 8 :-).

    • jagilby

      Agree, I dunno what this article is talking about – I have a Windows 8 phone and love it! It took me 10min to pick up how it all worked, intuitive, easy to use.

      Played with the Windows 8 PCs/Laptops and I am seriously considering getting a Laptop with it on.

      I just think there are a multitude of half-wits suffering from attention deficit disorder out there that, if they can’t work out an OS within 5sec, will race to deem it rubbish.

      • le sphincter

        2 million lost sales cant be wrong

    • Orange

      Agree, 8 is much better. Also allows me to use way more memory. I use ClassicShell though so don’t really know what the start screen is about. The slow down in sales is, like you say, due to the slow down in PC tech advancements. My i7 PC from 5 years ago is still within normal performance range of new machines being sold now.