IDC: PC shipments to go down in 2013, despite Windows 8 launch

In January, the research firm IDC said that worldwide PC shipments were down in 2012, by 3.7 percent despite the launch of Windows 8 in the fall of that year. Now that same firm has predicted that PC shipments will be down worldwide again in 2013 by 1.3 percent.

This lady is ready for a touchscreen Windows 8 notebook; when will she get one?

IDC's press release puts part of the blame on PC makers for not having enough Windows 8-based touchscreen products to go around. It stated:

A lack of touchscreen components has contributed to a limited supply of touch-enabled Windows 8 models – being out of step with the touch focus of Windows 8, and appearing relatively expensive compared to other options.

IDC also believes that consumers seem to be gravitating towards buying new tablets rather than new PCs, even though IDC believes tablets don't offer as many features as PC. Even with those functional differences, the firm says that tablets " ... are winning consumer dollars with mobility and consumer appeal nevertheless."

There is a ray of hope. IDC believes that the second half of 2013 will be better for the PC industry than the first half, which might be helped by "potentially greater acceptance of Windows 8." In addition, many new PCs might be bought by larger companies in the second half of the year because some businesses are still using Windows XP. Microsoft is due to stop all official support for Windows XP in April 2014.

Source: IDC
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which might be helped by "potentially greater acceptance of Windows 8."

Wow, so it's come down to this for Microsoft? When have they ever had to worry about "acceptance" of a new OS?

They rolled the dice... and lost. Remember, it's Windows, not tiles. Programs, not apps. Were they that scared of the iPad? Damn. Talk about losing sight of what they were great at.

PC Sales were down even before Windows 8 released. They were down in 2010, down in 2011 and down in 2012.

A lot lot lot of people just use their computers to check email, read the news, browse facebook etc. And for them a $400 light tablet with 10 hour battery life is a lot better than a cheap heavy / expensive light laptop. And for the past 3 years tablet sales have been rising and PC sales have been declining.

When there is so much value in cheap hardware, all I have to say is "no duhh.." I'm not buying a 700.00 pc, if I can buy a 99.00 used office pc with a core2duo, upgrade the HDD and be done with it..

Once the new console war kicks off this holiday, I do expect to see PC sales increase again as PC gamers get a bit of the next gen curve of games pushing their hardware..

ipads are all compromise.. I hope android and windows8 get more visibility..

spudtrooper said,
Once the new console war kicks off this holiday, I do expect to see PC sales increase again as PC gamers get a bit of the next gen curve of games pushing their hardware..

That is quite a stretch, but I do agree with your first paragraph.

A lot of people are blaming tablet for this, but there is also the fact that windows 7 and indeed 8 can and does run on lower end PC equipment. For example were I work we have old dell desktops running windows XP with 2gb of memory and core2's. These machine's will run windows 7 fine without issue. So what we should do is measure the amount of hardware sold against the numbers of windows 7/8 licenses.

I think people are using these numbers to twist things.

PC sales declined %3.7 in 2012. There were a few reasons for that. #1 a lot of people were holding off and waiting for windows 8,and #2,when windows 8 was released, there was no windows 8 hardware available to buy.These devices didn't start to show up till late in the year,and even then,there were barely any. Windows 8 sales meanwhile were not affected,because the same people who didn't buy a PC DID upgrade to windows 8.


June is the release of intel haswell CPUs. The price of ultrabooks will drop to start at around $500-$599 instead of $800$900. Same with the newer windows tablets based on the new generation core processors. They will start around $500.(Source intel at CES) What does this mean? Atom based tablets will become very cheap, netbook cheap. Nobody factored in the fact that windows 8 doesn't support netbooks. There is huge volume in netbooks,and that's an area where these smaller low priced tablets can come in.

PC is obsolete...

In the future it will be replaced by ipads, tablets and smart phones

Not to mention even Galaxy S4 will have Quad-core processor..

lomas said,
PC is obsolete...
Not to mention even Galaxy S4 will have Quad-core processor..

Yep and it will have a fraction of the power of a modern Intel CPU...

How to join ipad to domain and apply security policy to it.

If you mean pc is obsolete for people who want an idiot proof client to browse the tubes and fight on failbook then I agree.

lomas said,

Not to mention even Galaxy S4 will have Quad-core processor..

Theres a Microcontroller that runs at 20Mhz, BUT IT HAS 8 CORES,therefore it must be better than what the Galaxy S4 will have.

smh.

PC declines(including Mac) is a natural cycle in my opinion, where consumption devices such as phones and tablets, can do enough for many neophytes out there.

Market is divided into multiples types of devices and form factors. There is the PC, and there is the others.

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There's a global recession still on. Of COURSE people are going to be buying replacement hardware less. Sheesh people. It's not that complicated!

Northgrove said,
No, it's not because of a recession; other markets have been picking up lately.

Of course it is. Have you been living under a rock? Lower sales is not PC exclusive as people have less money, let alone disposable income... Add to that increasing taxes taking a larger chunk of what you had and inflation making what you have worth less and of course that has a lot to do with it. Ask someone in business and they'll tell you things are tight and sales down. And this is not getting better.

M_Lyons10 said,

Of course it is. Have you been living under a rock? Lower sales is not PC exclusive as people have less money, let alone disposable income... Add to that increasing taxes taking a larger chunk of what you had and inflation making what you have worth less and of course that has a lot to do with it. Ask someone in business and they'll tell you things are tight and sales down. And this is not getting better.

have you been living under the rock. mac sales are up and mac are not cheap http://www.neowin.net/news/mac...-as-the-pc-industry-shrinks

The Microsoft ads and commercials seem to support your thinking. Its all about "play," as I have not seen any ads or commercials featuring typical office settings.

Of course they will, I'm saying I hope that they don't all go touchscreen.
I've bought many laptops over the years, and am planning on staying that way, but I do not want one if the screen is a touchscreen. Touchscreens are for tablets, and phones.

Smart ones won't. There are millions of office workers and serious personal computer users that have a need for data entry/content creation; which will need laptops/desktops with keyboards and mice. Those users, for whom a tap-n-scratch UI is sufficient can use Windows-8 and tablets.

Someone called mdcdesign, purporting to be one of the Metro designers, gave an interesting insight in a post at http://www.neowin.net/news/sor...bring-back-the-start-button
This 'explanation' seems to throw light on why Win8 is not loved by WIMP users:

mdcdesign said,
...The fact is, when I designed Metro, I aimed it primarily at keyboard users; the touch support came out as a happy side-effect of the chromeless approach. Less chrome meant more space for content, which meant that content could be spread out across the entire screen, which meant larger surfaces for interaction.
...
Personally I've always found mouse interaction slow and cumbersome; unfortunately, being a graphic designer who can't draw by hand for ****, a mouse is a necessary evil in my line of work. Still, when I'm NOT doing design work, or gaming, I use the keyboard for pretty much everything. If I have to move something (a window, for example - although that'll all be over come Windows 9 ) I either use a 5" trackpad (for interacting with stuff on my secondary screens), or my touchscreen monitor.

What a shame - the whole Windows history is based on the Window-icon-mouse-pointer model but in Metro the mouse was seen as a 'necessary evil'. Not a commercially sensible way to treat a huge portion of the loyal customer base, and the consequence in the market is unsurprising.

gb8080 said,
Someone called mdcdesign, purporting to be one of the Metro designers, gave an interesting insight in a post at http://www.neowin.net/news/sor...bring-back-the-start-button
This 'explanation' seems to throw light on why Win8 is not loved by WIMP users:

What a shame - the whole Windows history is based on the Window-icon-mouse-pointer model but in Metro the mouse was seen as a 'necessary evil'. Not a commercially sensible way to treat a huge portion of the loyal customer base, and the consequence in the market is unsurprising.


I sure hope his comment about Windows 9 isn't implying that the Desktop will be gone... Some programs just are never going to be great in Metro... The desktop is needed for data intensive, productivity, or business software...

M_Lyons10 said,
The desktop is needed for data intensive, productivity, or business software...

I call BS.
The only reason you feel this way is because it hasn't been done yet and YOU can't imagine how to make it a reality.
The creative types will get ERP / CRM and the like all playing happily through the charms bar.
Then we'll all look back on how we used to compute and laugh at how silly we once were.

If anything the Windows 8 launch is assisting with a decline in PC sales.

The decline is because people are buying tablets and most of the tablets, close to all of the tablets, are not running windows.

Many people who had a PC are not upgrading to new PC hardware because they have discovered that an iPad or an Android tablet suits them better. These people never needed a PC in the first place and a tablet is perfect for their simple needs of web surfing, email and apps.

JaredFrost said,
"PC shipments to go down in 2013, because of Windows 8 launch" fixed that for ya. *shiftyeyes*

The economy probably has more to do with it if we're being honest...

JaredFrost said,
"PC shipments to go down in 2013, because of Windows 8 launch" fixed that for ya. *shiftyeyes*

hehe totally true.

This lady is ready for a touchscreen Windows 8 notebook; when will she get one?

I first thought wtf does that image have to do with PC shipments however then I saw that caption and suddenly I was enlightened.