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PC Sales Drop To Lowest Levels Since 1990′s

Submitted by on April 11, 2013 – 8:20 am7 Comments

Last year I wrote about how PCs still dominate the computer market despite the rise of mobile- but that control could be slipping. Research firm IDC announced this week that PC sales dropped to their lowest levels ever since the company began tracking in 1994.

The numbers get even worse when looking at the number of units shipped, which has dropped even more.

Analysts attribute the decline to a number of factors, most prominently the rise of mobile computing. Tablets and even smartphones have become more of a total alternative to desktops than many imagined.

But other causes may have been the recession, which forced large business clients to update their equipment less frequently.

According to the BBC, an IDC executive also placed the blame squarely on Microsoft for the lackluster performance of the latest Windows:

The firm’s vice president, Bob O’Donnell, said: “Unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only didn’t provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market.”

Windows 8 is designed to work well with touch-sensitive screens, but the displays add to the cost of a PC. Together, the changes and higher prices “have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices,” Mr O’Donnell said.

CNN also quoted O’Donnell, saying he slammed the “radical changes” of Windows 8, “particularly the removal of the iconic start button.”

With Windows introducing their cross-platform Blue soon, this news could all change again. The move could revitalize desktops, as Microsoft offers a more unified computing experience than competitors can offer- or it could move remaining PC users onto mobile altogether- or the upgrades could prove unpopular with users once again.

In any case, hopefully they’ll bring back the start button.

What do you think?

[image by CNNMoney]

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