Personal computer sales slip during holiday season

Jan 11, 2013
File picture. Personal computer sales slipped at the end of last year, despite the holiday shopping season and the release of new Windows operating software for machines, a leading industry tracker reported. It was said to be the first time in more than five years that there was a year-on-year decline in PC shipments during the holiday season.

Personal computer sales slipped at the end of last year, despite the holiday shopping season and the release of new Windows operating software for machines, a leading industry tracker reported.

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 89.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, finishing 6.4 percent lower than the same period the prior year, according to International Data Corporation.

It was said to be the first time in more than five years that there was a year-on-year decline in PC shipments during the holiday season.

"Consumers as well as and distribution channels continued to be diverted from PC sales by ongoing demand for tablets and smartphones," IDC said in a release.

"The PC market continued to take a back seat to competing devices and sustained ."

Microsoft released the new Windows 8 operating system worldwide on October 26 as a way to help the dominant PC software maker get a bigger share of the market for mobile devices such as tablets.

Windows 8 was designed with touch-screen capabilities in mind and to make it easier to synchronize computer content across the array of Internet-linked gadgets used in modern life.

"Consumers expected all sorts of cool PCs with tablet and touch capabilities," said IDC research director David Daoud.

"Instead, they mostly saw traditional PCs that feature a new OS (Windows 8) optimized for touch and tablet with applications and hardware that are not yet able to fully utilize these capabilities."

PC shipments in the US market dropped 4.5 percent in the quarter and ended with a seven percent decline for the year, according to IDC.

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VendicarD
5 / 5 (2) Jan 11, 2013
Windows 8 is the spectacular failure that it was predicted to be.

Ballmer's belief that he can dictate to users what their preferenes are, are backfiring.

Microsoft is rapidly becoming irrelevant in the computer industry.

Ballmer is incompetent.
btb101
not rated yet Jan 11, 2013
it also does not help that microsoft admit that windows 8 has big brother technology built in to it. this stealth software (part of the OS) allows M/S to monitor and turn off any software it does not personally agree with or believes has been placed upon the computer for nefarious reasons. A lot like having a modified xbox to trial new games. with the ability to snoop and disable your computer, the majority of users would much rather stick to tried and trusted O/S's as XP or win 7.

The days of M/S are long gone, and with apple losing flavour with the new iPhone and iPods that require totally new connection methods, feeling cheap to the touch, the future of all the major computer and peripheral makers in looking much more shaky. As manufactures come and go, i feel it is now time M/S bowed out and stuck to the console market.
ValeriaT
not rated yet Jan 11, 2013
Windows 8 is the spectacular failure that it was predicted to be. Ballmer's belief that he can dictate to users what their preferences are, are backfiring. Ballmer is incompetent.
It could really have its influence, because the Windows GUI is terrific and separated from current PC desktop reality.