Research firm IDC have reported that during the first three months of this year, PC sales worldwide fell 14%. The report states that 76.3 million units have been shipped and that Microsoft’s latest version of Windows has failed to revitalize the industry.
“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.” Bob O’Donnell, IDC vice president.
Add to this bad news Hewlett-Packard has reported a 24% fall in shipments in the last three months compared to last year. Taking into account the growth of the tablet and smartphone market, are PC’s on a crash courses? Windows 8, design for touch screens, add a high cost to the development of the computer which in turn, hasn’t helped the market. This might be a sign that companies such as Microsoft need to re-think there business models and maybe even there product line ups which, could favour the market.