Decline in PC Sales
With the increase in popularity of smartphones and tablets it was clear that sales of personal computer (PC) will take a dip but nobody imagined the biggest decline in the history of personal computers.
“In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement.
Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 76 million units in the second quarter of 2013, a 10.9 percent decrease from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This marks the fifth consecutive quarter of declining shipments, which is the longest duration of decline in the PC market’s history.
“With second quarter growth so close to forecast, we are still looking for some improvement in growth during the second half of the year,” said Jay Chou, a senior analyst at IDC Worldwide PC Tracker told BBC.
“Slower growth in Europe and China reflect the risks, while the improved US outlook reflects potential improvement. Still, the weakness in emerging markets is a threat to a core long-term growth area,” Mr Chou said.
“In addition, while efforts by the PC ecosystem to bring down price points and embrace touch computing should make PCs more attractive, a lot still needs to be done in launching attractive products and addressing competition from devices like tablets.”
Vice President of IDC said that windows 8 was designed in a way that it was useful for touch users and as a reaction the prices of personal computers were to raise but nothing like that happen.
What Do I Think?
We need to get over personal computers. The quickly we do it the better for us. Smartphones and tablets are the future of computer industry and we need to accept it and stop crying over the decline of sales of Personal Computers.