The PC market just got another reminder that its life force is getting much weaker. Some analysts are saying that the PC market may not recover and those mobile devices, which include tablets, will be the new mainstay of computing.
Two new reports were recently released that demonstrate the massive decline in sales for the humble PC desktop. The results come sales reports from the end of 2012 through the first three months of 2013.
Not only have PC desktop sales plummeted, but the latest Windows 8 operating system seems to have spurred even less sales in PCs. For all intents and purposes, the latest Windows 8 OS appears to be a total failure.
Colin Gillis who serves as financial analyst for BGC says that the PC desktops days are numbered and that the latest news is ‘horrific’. He went on to stress that mobile computers, which include smartphones and tablets, are the newest way in which people use the Internet. "It's all about mobile computing now. We have definitely reached the tipping point," Gillis Said.
According to data accumulated for International Data Corporation, first –quarter shipments for personal computers in the form of desktops fell by as much as 14% from this time last year. Other research firms show similar data, with the research group Gartner Inc., showing an 11% drop.
Hewlett-Packard, which is currently the largest maker of desktop personal computers, has seen a 24% drop in PC deliveries for this first quarter compared to what they shipped this time last year.
Microsoft gambled that a brand new Windows operating system might somehow spur sales of PCs but instead it seems to have done the exact opposite. Windows 8 is a brand new type of Windows operating system built around touch screen-centric personal computers. It was also developed for Microsoft's latest Surface, which is a laptop and tablet hybrid. However, the Surface hasn’t won over a lot of fans due to a variety of reason–mainly, that the OS diverged heavily away from what desktop users are used to.