IDC: Windows 8 will help boost PC shipments in 2012

With the launch of Windows 8 still several months away at least, some research companies are making predictions about how the launch of Microsoft's next PC OS will affect the overall PC market. This week, IDC reports that it does expect Windows 8's launch to help boost shipments of PCs overall after a recent period of slow sales growth.

IDC reports that in 2011, PC shipments worldwide grew just 1.8 percent. In developed territories such as North America and Europe, PC shipments actually shrank 9 percent compared to 2010, thanks in part to the currently poor economic situation.

IDC predicts that while PC shipments will grow modestly in the first half of 2012, they will accelerate in the second half thanks to the launch of Windows 8. IDC also predicts that ultrabook-based notebook PCs will experience sales growth as well.

In its report, IDC says that some consumers are currently holding off buying new PCs due to the "powerful distraction" of tablets such as the iPad. That won't last for long, according to the company. IDC says:

However, end user surveys tell us that few people consider media tablets as replacements for their PCs, so later this year when there is a new Microsoft operating system, available in sleek new PC form factors, we believe consumer interest in PCs will begin to rebound.

IDC says that overall, PC shipments will grow five percent worldwide in 2012 and will increase by 9.5 percent in 2013.

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Unless Microsoft are going to force all PC manufacturers to start putting touch screens with all their PC I can't see windows 8 taking off in a hurry on the PC.... Metro is a touch screen UI not a desktop UI

Just like Vista did? Windows 8 is going Vista's way...thank god I moved to Mac and Windows 7 will be the last version of Windows I will ever use

actually think PC shipments will decline unless ubuntu comes up with a novel desktop software. Windows 8 is purely a Tablet OS. And if they need a touchpad they have to come up with a better fingerprintless method that the cheap shiny ones most cheap laptops use.. Windows 8 requires quite the learning curve and most outside of the geek world think this is like an ME flop waiting to happen. can't predict the future. but ME flopped more because it sucked than word of mouth. Vista worked great but had bad worth of mouth. Hence why some who liked Vista just see Windows 7 as Windows Vista lite. Microsoft is betting alot on this one. I hope for the best. But the consumer complaints are gonna be a headache for tech support.

PatrynXX said,
Windows 8 is purely a Tablet OS.

If you have used it on the desktop, you would know that it is still very much Windows underneath.

Dot Matrix said,

If you have used it on the desktop, you would know that it is still very much Windows underneath.

It's so sad how dumb people really are. Not you, the guy you're replying to

Win 8 tabs will destroy Android marketshare, and be the first step to the "real" IPAD competitor. I won't say IPAD killer because at this point MS has clearly let them get a very large headstart, and this is a tough hill to climb. Glad I'm on MS team though, after all this is just sport for us isn't it? MS are the Yankees, and Apple are the Red Sox. Apple had there fun, now it's time to restore order to the universe.

If those videos circulating are anything to go by, the OEM tech support and returns departments are going to be busy at Windows 8's launch

No it won't. More and more people build computers online or buy parts and put it together.
Ultrabook notebooks have no future, they are not laptops not tablets performance wise pretty useless. Consumers are not waiting to buy new PC because of iPad Distractions. They are getting iPad therefore they will never consider to buy PC, or not in the near future, or they already have one which is enough (Probably runs Windows XP)
IDC reports are misleading. Again reason why PC sales shrank 9 percent compared to 2010 is not really correct. Those 9% are people who bought parts and build PC themselves instead of buying OEM junk.

techguy77 said,
No it won't. More and more people build computers online or buy parts and put it together.
Ultrabook notebooks have no future, they are not laptops not tablets performance wise pretty useless. Consumers are not waiting to buy new PC because of iPad Distractions. They are getting iPad therefore they will never consider to buy PC, or not in the near future, or they already have one which is enough (Probably runs Windows XP)
IDC reports are misleading. Again reason why PC sales shrank 9 percent compared to 2010 is not really correct. Those 9% are people who bought parts and build PC themselves instead of buying OEM junk.

More people my age are buying laptops for school. ANd no, they don't run XP.

Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

"They are getting iPad therefore they will never consider to buy PC"
That right there is a gem.

Why would their end user survey say few people are considering replacing their PCs with tablets if they are?

How can you back up your claim about 9% of the market building their own PCs? I wouldn't expect 9% of PC buyers to be that tech-savvy, and why would that many all switch in the same year?

It's quite obvious you haven't used an Ultrabook...they have as much power as any laptop on the market and are extremely useful. I haven't deployed a single one to a user that didn't praise how nice it was and what a joy it is to travel with.

techguy77 said,
No it won't. More and more people build computers online or buy parts and put it together.
Ultrabook notebooks have no future, they are not laptops not tablets performance wise pretty useless. Consumers are not waiting to buy new PC because of iPad Distractions. They are getting iPad therefore they will never consider to buy PC, or not in the near future, or they already have one which is enough (Probably runs Windows XP)
IDC reports are misleading. Again reason why PC sales shrank 9 percent compared to 2010 is not really correct. Those 9% are people who bought parts and build PC themselves instead of buying OEM junk.

techguy77 said,
No it won't. More and more people build computers online or buy parts and put it together.
Ultrabook notebooks have no future, they are not laptops not tablets performance wise pretty useless. Consumers are not waiting to buy new PC because of iPad Distractions. They are getting iPad therefore they will never consider to buy PC, or not in the near future, or they already have one which is enough (Probably runs Windows XP)
IDC reports are misleading. Again reason why PC sales shrank 9 percent compared to 2010 is not really correct. Those 9% are people who bought parts and build PC themselves instead of buying OEM junk.

A tablet is an addon or augment. It won't ever replace my primary device which is a desktop. I'm certainly eager to see what Nokia cooks up in that tablet realm.

techguy77 said,
No it won't. More and more people build computers online or buy parts and put it together.
Ultrabook notebooks have no future, they are not laptops not tablets performance wise pretty useless. Consumers are not waiting to buy new PC because of iPad Distractions. They are getting iPad therefore they will never consider to buy PC, or not in the near future, or they already have one which is enough (Probably runs Windows XP)
IDC reports are misleading. Again reason why PC sales shrank 9 percent compared to 2010 is not really correct. Those 9% are people who bought parts and build PC themselves instead of buying OEM junk.

I have not seen a neowin comment in a long time that is so incorrect on so many things. More and more people are getting OEM computers rather than assemble one. iPad does not replace a PC. Windows XP's market share has fallen lower than Windows 7. Most of the computers still stuck with XP are in businesses that use applications which run only on XP. I bought an OEM computer with both Vista and 7 launches and am definitely waiting for 8 for my next purchase.. I am sure there are a lot more like me.

Josh the Nerd said,
How can you back up your claim about 9% of the market building their own PCs?

He can't. It's just his usual fud. You'll get used to it and start to ignore him like I do

raghavny80 said,

I have not seen a neowin comment in a long time that is so incorrect on so many things. More and more people are getting OEM computers rather than assemble one. iPad does not replace a PC. Windows XP's market share has fallen lower than Windows 7. Most of the computers still stuck with XP are in businesses that use applications which run only on XP. I bought an OEM computer with both Vista and 7 launches and am definitely waiting for 8 for my next purchase.. I am sure there are a lot more like me.

People buy Laptops from OEM and that's about it. Yes, there are some buying desktops but that number is smaller and smaller. Dell, HP and other OEM companies know that Desktops are something people will build in the future so they see Tablets and Mobile as a way to continue their business. Windows 8 is one of the biggest Corporate conspiracies against people and it is there to help those Corporation to maintain their business/profit. But what do you people know Anyways people pretty much assembly Desktop by themselves or grand kid does for granpa. All the market research done is against how many machines OEM sold and they have no idea how many custom built computers are out there. Those 9% belong to those custom built computers, otherwise it would mean that PC Market share dropped or stayed the same but in fact did not, there are more PC which doesn't add up with 9% decrease. So where the heck those PCs came from? It was quite shocking for a lot of people for example that for last year only 12% of Game Sales belonged to XBOX and 59% to PC as i was claiming for years that PC is still dominant gaming platform and that Market bull**** about piracy as reason not to make PC games was just another fud people are forced to believe in.

Edited by techguy77, Mar 21 2012, 6:09pm :

raghavny80 said,

I have not seen a neowin comment in a long time that is so incorrect on so many things. More and more people are getting OEM computers rather than assemble one. iPad does not replace a PC. Windows XP's market share has fallen lower than Windows 7. Most of the computers still stuck with XP are in businesses that use applications which run only on XP. I bought an OEM computer with both Vista and 7 launches and am definitely waiting for 8 for my next purchase.. I am sure there are a lot more like me.

I had to change this text because NeoWin site is slow. Ended up submitting twice.

Dot Matrix said,

More people my age are buying laptops for school. ANd no, they don't run XP.

I said people who are not planning to get new PC probably runs on XP if they were on XP.

Josh the Nerd said,
Why would their end user survey say few people are considering replacing their PCs with tablets if they are?

Depends who you ask, and how the question is phrased.

PC upgrades are becoming rarer and rarer as hardware is more powerful than software these days, with the exception of some AAA games of course.

Josh the Nerd said,

How can you back up your claim about 9% of the market building their own PCs?

The younger generation is more technologically proficient than its predecessor, so logically, more of them should be capable of building their own. OEM's thrive on user ignorance.

techguy77 said,

I said people who are not planning to get new PC probably runs on XP if they were on XP.

Each one of my family members upgraded off of XP on their own will. Just because they're buying tablets, doesn't mean they're not buying traditional PCs. As I said earlier, an iPad isn't going to get you through college or the workday, eventually, you'll need to pull up to a desktop station.

simplezz said,

The younger generation is more technologically proficient than its predecessor, so logically, more of them should be capable of building their own. OEM's thrive on user ignorance.

Just because they are capable of doing it, doesn't mean they are. There are probably more younger people building computer today than ever, but there are also more younger people who wouldn't even bother.