Is Windows 8 responsible for PC sales declining?

12 Apr


According to both analysis companies IDC (International data corp) and Gartner worldwide PC sales have declined dramatically in the first quart of 2013. The statistics that these companies put out show that this trend of declining sales start with the second quarter of 2012. While Gartner doesn’t come right out and blame Redmond-based Microsoft for this down IDC isn’t quite as forgiving saying that Windows 8 plays a big part in this escalating decrease.

“At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market,” said Bob O’Donnell, IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays. “While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.”

It might seem a little unfair to blame an operating system for the drop of in the PC market but there are some striking coincidences that give their accusation. Windows 8 beta was first release for consumer preview in February of 2012 around the time the down turn started. Later in 2012 some conflicting reviews of the new operating system started come out just before the decline in sale escalated. By the time the operating system finally came out in late 2012 many of the people that would normally buy new PCs were turned off by thinking that unless they buy a PC with a touchscreen and go through a long retraining on how-to use the new system that they would be better off sticking with what they already had at home.

Despite those correlations it could just as easily that the reason for declining PC sales could be attributed to the the flood of smaller, less expensive tablets that came out in mid to late 2012. There was the new Google-branded tablet, the new Kindle Fire HD, the iPad mini and several more that could have just lured more consumers away from PCs.

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