Can Windows 8 Save PC Market From Shrinking Year-on-Year?
From Gartner and IDC show that the PC Market contracted on an annual basis, and been flat in sales. Will the arrival of Windows 8 in November revive it
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Windows 8 Start screen: lots of people will be seeing this From November - but will it be enough to revive the Shrinking PC market?
Can anything Save the PC? The industry is giving it all it's got - ultrabooks, faster chips - but so far, nothing's working. Shipment growth for PCs has cratered, falling by the largest percentage year-on-year for 11 years as consumers, corporations and PC manufacturers hit the "pause" button ahead of the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 this month, according to new figures.
Now analysts say PC vendors face tough challenges persuading consumers in particular to spend on PCs rather than smartphones and tablets as straitened economic times worsen in many regions. "We previously had all-singing, all-dancing PCs for some time - they were the only choice for years," Ranjit Atwal, Gartner's personal computing analyst, told the Guardian. "But now the lack of any type of innovation in the PC space has meant that there's very little reason for somebody to go and buy one. That has put the PC at the back of the queue."
The hope for PC vendors now will be that Windows 8 Can rescue the industry From a slow decline, by offering newer form factors to tempt people back.
Both Gartner and IDC, which released their figures overnight on Wednesday, say worldwide PC sales fell by over 8% - 8.2% and 8.6% respectively - to below 88m. Proportionally, it is the biggest drop since the same period in 2001, when Windows XP was about to be launched; at that time, PC sales fell by 11.6%. No region showed growth, according to Gartner's figures.
In percentage terms, the dip was larger even than that seen in the first quarter of 2009 when the world was struggling with the recession caused by the collapse in late 2008 of Lehman Brothers, and PC sales dropped by 6.8% year-on-year.
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