Windows 8 fails to stem falling PC sales


Industry Analysts at Gartner have reported that PC shipments declined by five percent in the last quarter as people have started to adopt tablets. According to the firm tablet sales have reduced sales of replacement PCs.
“Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by ‘cannibalizing’ PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
“Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC.
“There will be some individuals who retain both, but we believe they will be exception and not the norm. Therefore, we hypothesize that buyers will not replace secondary PCs in the household, instead allowing them to age out and shifting consumption to a tablet.”
Low cost tablets have helped push sales forward and the analyst firm added that this could be good news for some PC makers, those that offer the more highly specified and priced PCs. “This transformation was triggered by the availability of compelling low-cost tablets in 2012, and will continue until the installed base of PCs declines to accommodate tablets as the primary consumption device,” she added.


  1. Here is another post blaming windows 8 for low Pc sales. It is not windows 8 at fault, if you want to blame something blame phones, tablets and laptops for low Pc or desktop sales. why would people go out and buy a new desktop when they could but a table or phone that does the things they want to do.

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