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PC Shipments In 2013 See The Worst Yearly Decline In History

Anonymous Coward writes | about 9 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The PC market continues to be in free fall, having now seen its seventh consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments. Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner, a 6.9 percent decrease from the same period last year. It’s worth emphasizing that this past quarter resulted in a total of 315.9 million units shipped in 2013, a 10 percent decline from 2012, and the worst decline in PC market history. The overall shipment level was equal to the one in 2009."

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Who will be the first... (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 9 months ago | (#45917315)

To post "Don't blame Windows 8!"

Market saturation (1)

tomhath (637240) | about 9 months ago | (#45917821)

The PC market is pretty much saturated. People buy replacements when the old one dies. There's usually no reason to upgrade since even a three year old PC is plenty fast for almost all consumers. Oh yea, and there's that tablet fad.

Re:It is a perfect storm (1)

Billly Gates (198444) | about 9 months ago | (#45919469)

Without a much more bloated OS than the predecessor (Vista, Win 95), software no longer requiring so much resources, tablets and phones, business software being tied to so many things (like IE 6, and dozens of other obsolete programs) making it harder to remove, and a crappy OS gui for both Linux and Windows (gnome-shell/gnome 3 are default), mixed with a mediocre economy, and what you have is a perfect storm.

The PC is like the mini and mainframe. Once upon a time they were rapidly innovating too. Once they have fallen behind smaller counterparts they became stale, users fought updating as change for the sake of change, and stale complex business software that can't be replaced easily forced things to freeze in time.

We see the same now as the shiny things are mobile enabled for home users except for gamers.

Why *should* we see an increase? (1)

0ld_d0g (923931) | about 9 months ago | (#45924915)

Is there any positive reason to see an increase? I'm still using my desktop I built in 2008. The only thing that I might want is an SSD. But with 8GB of RAM, once all the apps/data are cached in memory, there are only very specific use cases where I'd see the boost from the SSD.

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