According to a recent report by the IDC, Microsoft's latest and greatest operating system Windows 8 has failed to boost the PC market. Instead, Windows 8 has slowed down the market! Gartner, another research firm, has released their own data and unlike the IDC, Gartner does not point the finger at Windows 8.
"In the first quarter of 2013, it was the fourth consecutive quarter that showed a drop in worldwide PC shipments. Consumers are migrating content consumption from PCs to other connected devices, such as tablets and smartphones. Even emerging markets, where PC penetration is low, are not expected to be a strong growth area for PC vendors," Gartner stated in an official press release.
According to data from Gartner, shipments of PCs worldwide totaled 79.2 million units during the first quarter of 2013, which is actually a 11.2% decline compared to the first quarter of 2012. This data comes as no surprise since IDC revealed pretty much the same thing. The IDC mentioned that PC shipments have suffered the "steepest decline ever" in a single quarter.
However, unlike the IDC, Gartner does not blame Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. In fact, Gartner makes a positive mention of Windows 8 in its press release stating that Windows 8 will "represent key opportunities for PC manufacturers in the second half of 2013."
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