Windows 8 causes PC sales to slump
While you might have expected that world-wide PC sales would have been boosted by the recent introduction of new Intel processors, or even with the raise of popularity of Ultrabooks, they didn’t. Both IDC and Gartner report that there has been a slight decrease of world-wide PC sales. And it wasn’t just PC’s, also Apple saw a decrease in sales and IDC reports Apple also lost market share.
Especially Dell and HP suffered from this as they both sold almost 12% less PCs in 2012 compared to 2011. Lenovo (+14.9%) and Asus (+38.6%) did see a significant growth in units shipped, but the overall amount of PCs shipped in the second quarter of 2012 was less than in the second quarter of 2011.
Mikako Kitagawa, analyst at Gartner explains: “consumers are less interested in spending on PCs as there are other technology product and services, such as the latest smartphones and media tablets that they are purchasing”. She goes on to add, “this is more of a trend in the mature market as PCs are highly saturated in these markets”.
Besides consumers spending less on PCs both IDC and Gartner believe that many consumers are waiting for the release of Windows 8. The release of Microsofts latest OS is planned in October and should boost the sales of PCs in Q4 2012/ Q1 2013.
According IDC’s analytist Jay Chou the announcement was important for PC vendors, “The announcement of a Windows 8 launch date, as well as broader communication of new features in the OS, are key steps that would help to address uncertainty about new product availability and help consumers and channels plan their purchases”.
Windows 8 with the Metro GUI should also boost sales of Ultrabooks with touchscreens and the ARM (tablet) version of Windows 8 (RT), should also strengthen the sales of tablet.
8 Comments on Windows 8 causes PC sales to slump
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- Posted on: 12 Jul 12 21:58
Tis my .02¢
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- Posted on: 12 Jul 12 22:58
Computers currently offered for sale all have windows7
Windows8 has not been released yet and I can't believe anyone is
holding out to buy a new computer with Windows8 OEM installed.
What I do believe is that sales of everything is "down" do to the
economy being under the seats in the outhouse.
I don't see the negativity to windows8 going away... EVER.
Look back to Vista... Vista got a bad reputation due to many enthusiastic
people installing it on earlier computers that were marginal for XP.
And while Vista is very useable (even enjoyable) on most dual core computers,
Vista has NEVER recovered from this bad reputation gained in the first
six months after release.... even in the face of the Microsoft
"The Mojave Experiment" ad campaign that attempted to rehabilitate it.
they had to redesign and repackage it as "Windows7"
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- Posted on: 13 Jul 12 17:40
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- Posted on: 13 Jul 12 17:56
Windows 8 is not even on the shelf yet how can it be the culprit.
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- Posted on: 14 Jul 12 10:39
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- Posted on: 14 Jul 12 15:31
Two years ago (Nov 2010), my sister-in-law bought an MSI i5 notebook for $479 on sale. i5 notebooks continue to sell around that price, or more.
This is an incredibly long-lasting price over a relatively stable product line.
The i-technology has changed generation-levels, but I think it's the HDD prices that have propped up prices AND crushed PC sales. That, and the feeding-frenzy of the "I only want to watch, I never want to DO" iPad-Tablet mentality seem to have fermented into this strange perfect-storm scenario.
On the good-news front, this weekend I see that Fry's is selling 4Tb drives for $250 ("Sorry, only 1 per family!" which is tough because the last time we had to choose between the cat's or the dog's computer, there were serious ramifications).
But the 3Tbs should go back to their $120 retail range, and the 4Tbs should be in the $190 range. That will force all new UEFI MBs and Win7-64 sales.
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- Posted on: 14 Jul 12 15:44
Vista's early bad rep was followed by Microsoft's incredibly quick announcement of Win7's imminent arrival. So "bad rep" plus "next new thing" really crushed Vista, I thought. I never understood if Ballmer knew what he was doing (was Vista so core-based BAD that he knew it had no future, or knew it needed a massive change into Win7 internals?), but he doesn't seem like a complete idiot. Although junking up systems with 300 non-useful fonts really angers me - I've never done that to HIS computer before.
We were putting out 2000+ PCs a year during those two years, and the great majority of those customers are "bleeding edge" types - "I will pay top dollar to have the greatest new thing!" They've done this for 20 years with our company.
But Vista and our red-flag Hold-Off signals weren't just lowering our bleeding-edge maniac temperatures - they were dousing them. And when user conventions show off hot-new hardware on XP running faster with fewer resources than on Win7, that's another good dousing of The Bleeding Edge Factor.
"Will our customers ever get this incentive back?" That's OUR big question. In our smaller market (home theater media RAID servers), it's still going to be HDD Capacity and "Ease Of User Interface to find one film out of 10,000 instead of 1,000 due to HDD increases". In our larger, lucrative audio-market, HDD capacity is the more normal back-office environment, but fast HDDs with good storage (2Tb) is still a desktop requirement, too.
Our computer-installs have been 400 since the HDD Prices went stratospheric, and a third of those have been Necessary Replacements. We still have a big Cautionary Use Of New Dollar Spending On Hardware for our customers just because of HDD expenses. When the Seagate Monopoly wants to start selling a lot, though, all they have to do is make prices reasonable-TO-CONSUMERS again. I did see they made record-profits recently. Gee - no kiddin'.
("Dear Ballmer & Wall Street Pundits: Win9 is REALLY causing these sales slumps.")
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- Posted on: 17 Jul 12 12:15
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