IDC: PC shipments to slow down, due in part to Windows 8

We are just over two months away from Windows 8 being sold pre-installed on PCs, but it seems that consumers and businesses are going to be on the sidelines in terms of buying new PCs until Windows 8 officially launches.

The research firm IDC reports that it now expects worldwide shipments of PCs to increase by just 0.9 percent in 2012. The firm claims that it now sees PC shipment numbers in Asia slowing down, while other parts of the world, including the US, are expected to see a decline in their PC orders.

I'll just wait to get a new PC for my office, thanks.

David Daoud, the research director for Personal Computing at IDC, states:

The U.S. market will remain depressed until Windows 8 products hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of 2012. The industry is responding by reducing shipments of PCs and clearing Windows 7-based inventories to pave the way for a new generation of systems. But, as we move into the tail end of the third quarter, PC activity will continue to slow as demand drops. The third-quarter back to school season is also proving to be a challenging period, despite prices dropping to their lowest levels. We expect the year will end with shipments in the U.S. falling by 3.7%, marking the second consecutive year of contraction.

Microsoft has already offered to give anyone who purchases a new Windows 7-based PC a way to get an upgrade to Windows 8 for just $14.99 from now until January 31, 2013. However, it appears that offer may not be enough to get many consumers to go ahead and buy a new PC ahead of the October 26th launch of Windows 8.

The good news is that after the launch of Windows 8, IDC predicts that PC shipments will grow an average of 7.1 percent worldwide every year from 2013 to 2016.

Source: IDC
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Desktop sales will never recover. Why would anyone buy a new desktop when a $40 Win8 upgrade will make your existing Win7 desktop lightning fast and lightning smart?

rdmiller said,
Desktop sales will never recover. Why would anyone buy a new desktop when a $40 Win8 upgrade will make your existing Win7 desktop lightning fast and lightning smart?

Precisely. Windows 8's hardware requirements are no worse than those of Windows 7 (despite the moaning and groaning over Modern UI) - therefore, consumers need to upgrade *why*? The only folks that *might* need to upgrade are corporate users in enterprises (and even there, that would ONLY be true if they were running XP or earlier) and they have a LOT of incentive to NOT upgrade (starting with those pesky custom-written LOBAs - Line-Of-Business Applications), and continuing with training costs.

I wouldn't buy a new one if it came with Win8 and didn't give me the option for Win7 - on another note who is the girl in the picture

I would have thought PC sales would have been better before Windows 8. Everyone hurrying trying to buy a computer before it gets shipped with windows 8 on it

warwagon said,
I would have thought PC sales would have been better before Windows 8. Everyone hurrying trying to buy a computer before it gets shipped with windows 8 on it

What's the deal with haters and windows8? I've been using Windows 8 for about a month as my main OS and since I am used to the desktop to do all my work I spend 90% of the time in the desktop without having to switch the "Modern UI" but i guess people have to find a reason to moan and b itch about it.

That sure can't have anything to do with the fact that everybody already has a PC and that the hardware requirements over the last few years have stagnated...

"The U.S. market will remain depressed until Windows 8 products hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of 2012."

NO ****!!!
Great non-story there.

My notebook is re-re-bornt with W8 (first time was with W7). If they improve performance every time why should i change it? I think that Vista (even if it wasn't a good system) caused more pc shipments than Windows 7 (not talking about number of licenses sold but hardware shipment).

I think the slowdown is due to the very successful FUD campaign waged by Microsoft with its Windows-8 OS. (Older folks may remember the very successful FUD campaigns waged by IBM in the late 60s, 70s and 80s.) Now that Windows-8 is "real," PC sales will rebound. Laptops and desktops will probably remain with Windows-7, with tablets and smart phones going with Windows-8.

TsarNikky said,
I think the slowdown is due to the very successful FUD campaign waged by Microsoft with its Windows-8 OS. (Older folks may remember the very successful FUD campaigns waged by IBM in the late 60s, 70s and 80s.) Now that Windows-8 is "real," PC sales will rebound. Laptops and desktops will probably remain with Windows-7, with tablets and smart phones going with Windows-8.

You mean the *tablet/phone OS* campaign. Hate to tell you, but there are folks that are THAT EMOTIONAL when it comes to anything - I call them *purists*. They aren't unique to computing (or any issue); however, with them, it is literally *their way* - or else. (There's a military technical term for them - terrorists.) My desktop dual-boots Windows 8 Pro and *Windows Server 2012* (the server side I am using as a Hyper-V server, because this hardware doesn't support SLAT/EPT) and it's a desktop; that means that the issues stopping users (any users) from running Windows 8 on desktops aren't technical. And if it's not technical, what's left?

TsarNikky said,
I think the slowdown is due to the very successful FUD campaign waged by Microsoft with its Windows-8 OS. (Older folks may remember the very successful FUD campaigns waged by IBM in the late 60s, 70s and 80s.) Now that Windows-8 is "real," PC sales will rebound. Laptops and desktops will probably remain with Windows-7, with tablets and smart phones going with Windows-8.

Dafuq did I just read?

I call shenanigans. PC shipments will drop largely due to lack of buying incentive - especially among enterprises. Where are the *gotta-have* enterprise applications or productivity suites that demand new(er) hardware? Office 2013 isn't it - unchanged hardware requirements. AutoCAD isn't it - have the hardware requirements for AutoCAD changed *at all* over the past two years? Windows 8 isn't it - the hardware requirements (despite the massively-different UI) are literally unchanged from 7 (and lower than Vista). You also have a poor economy - in fact, stocks tanked again yesterday - the incentive is still on businesses to keep dividend payouts high; that means no new PCs for the cubical crowd this year. And with business being squeezed (and unemployment high) consumers will also stretch THEIR tighter wallets and hang on to existing PCs an extra year. (That is, in fact, why Microsoft is running this monstrously massive series of Windows 8 offers - including several for OS-only upgraders.)

Read the article (non-story) please. You see kids, this is why posting after just reading the headline is a mistake.

Also Neowin misleading headlines and click-bait are bad.

The U.S. market will remain depressed until Windows 8 products hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of 2012. The industry is responding by reducing shipments of PCs and clearing Windows 7-based inventories to pave the way for a new generation of systems.

Avatar Roku said,
Read the article (non-story) please. You see kids, this is why posting after just reading the headline is a mistake.

Also Neowin misleading headlines and click-bait are bad.

While the mistake of just reading the headline should never be downplayed, if the headline wasn't so misleading to begin with..........