The end of Windows XP support helped PC shipments in Q1 2014

Windows XP is no longer going to get any more public patches, but it looks like the end of its support by Microsoft has helped PC shipments in the first quarter of 2014. New reports from research firms IDC and Gartner show that while shipments still went down, they were at a much slower rate than previous quarters.

IDC says that shipments went down 4.4 percent in the quarter, which it said beat its previous expectations of a 5.3 percent decline; Gartner claims that shipment went down by just 1.7 percent for the first quarter.

Both report said that businesses bought more new PCs than expected during the quarter to upgrade their hardware and software away from Windows XP. Japan was cited by both IDC and Gartner as a country that really went all out to get new PCs in the last three months; Gartner said that shipment to Japan went up by 35 percent compared to a year ago.

The impact on tablets in the marketplace has also gone down, according to both reports, which helped to slow down the decline in notebook sales for the quarter. However, the PC industry as a whole is still not doing as well as it did during the 2000s, with IDC saying that "the passing boost from XP replacements, constrained consumer demand, and no clear driver of a market rebound are expected to keep growth below zero going forward."

Source: IDC and Gartner

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People aren't going to abandon XP willingly - I think there will be less of a rush to upgrade than Microsoft are hoping for. Microsoft may have abandoned XP users, but others are bound to try and plug the void. Example - http://xphelp.info

I still think it's poor that MS didn't release their Start Menu addition to 8.1 in time for xp's final bow. That would have been a great push towards 8.

So if this is true we should see a large drop in windows XP machines on the Net and and increase in other areas. Are we seeing this?

They are just linking 2 things that happen at the same time, with no real grounds for it. There will be some increase but i dont think that it is the only cause. Maybe their initial guess that it was going to keep declining was wrong because the end of the PC is not near.

These analysts are so annoying, the only thing I have seen over the last 8 years is people are keeping their machines longer, which is what is causing the slow down in machine sales. Our largest client went from 3 year refresh to 5 for PC's(against our recommendations). Many of the smaller clients are not scared of upgrades, they just dont have a need to fork out cash for new hardware when what they have works fine.

Honestly, it's for the better. Tired of being sassed just because I don't have a part for printer 15 years old. Sheesh...

If they continue to make the desktop more accessible in Win 8.1 (start menu etc) and actually make the desktop an even more customisable place to be than Win 7 then Win 9 will be a huge hit. Win 8 should have been a no brainier after the failure of Vista and the success of 7.

I can agree with this. I'm doing new computer setups right and left. One guy called me about getting a new computer and wondered what my suggestions for a new computer was.

He was also really annoyed with Microsoft that this April 8th thing just happened. He said "I wish they would have told us about this sooner!" LOL ...

In his defense I really think they should have added that popup in windows xp 6 months before not 1 month.

I also talked to a guy about a new computer a few mins ago who talked to a store associate in the electronics department and when asked about windows 8 .... meh.... I"ll just stop there I don't want to sound like a broken record lol .. you can probably just guess what he had to say.

After he talked with the store employee (and his brother who actually bought a windows 8 machine) he didn't want to touch 8 with a 5 foot pole. I had to reassure him that he'll be fine on Windows 8 and could use programs like Classic shell turn turn it back into a Windows 7 like expense with all the benefits of 8.

Edited by warwagon, Apr 10 2014, 6:37pm :

Snarky comment removed...

I get it, choice is good. Adding it back makes it more appealing.

Edited by zeke009, Apr 10 2014, 7:38pm :

Microsoft if you want to improve Windows 8/8.1 poor share market just release that start button ASAP. Come one!

Btw Windows XP is doing what Windows 8 couldn't LOL

wasd- said,
just release that start button ASAP.

?? Windows 8.1 has the start button at the exact same position as it was since Win95…

wasd- said,
Microsoft if you want to improve Windows 8/8.1 poor share market just release that start button ASAP. Come one!

Btw Windows XP is doing what Windows 8 couldn't LOL

Windows 8 had 2 start buttons, and an area that acted like a start button. Windows 8.1 has 3 Start Buttons.

How many more start buttons do you want?

2 start buttons?

One in the charms and one is that area which you described. Where is the second one?

Likewise for 8.1, where is the third one?

pratnala said,
2 start buttons?

One in the charms and one is that area which you described. Where is the second one?

Likewise for 8.1, where is the third one?

My mistake. 8 has a start button, and an area that behaves like one.

8.1 has 2 start buttons, and an area that behaves like a start button. If you move the taskbar in 8.1, the bottom left still behaves like a start button, regardless of where the start button on the taskbar is. Im still confused as to why wasd wants more Start buttons.

Where will Microsoft put them? Have a charms bar for each side of the screen? Put another start button at the other end of the task bar?

MFH said,

?? Windows 8.1 has the start button at the exact same position as it was since Win95…

Yes but it doesn't actually say "Start" so how is anyone supposed to know what it is...

.Neo said,

Yes but it doesn't actually say "Start" so how is anyone supposed to know what it is...

By that logic: How has anyone managed to use Vista or 7, it says "Start" nowhere either (unless you count the floating thingy that appears after you hover over the Windows logo…)

I think Windows 8 did nothing for the PC market. Windows 8 is build to make Windows a viable alternative on the tablet market. But even if it was made to make PCs better then it stil wouldnt stop the bleeding. Some computer users are just finding out that all that they want to do can be achieved on a tablet. There is a new substitute that meets the needs of some computer users more than the PC. So the PC market will shrink but its not going to disappear. Other users will continue to prefer PC.