IDC: PC market will continue to fall while tablets become the popular choice

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IDC has published a new report today highlighting how PC shipments will continue to fall as tablets become the new norm. In fact, IDC states that worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by 7.8% by the end of this year. IDC points out that consumers are increasingly considering using a tablet or smartphone for their computing needs, rather than having a large PC.

“As the market develops, usage patterns and devices are evolving. Many users are realizing that everyday computing, such as accessing the Web, connecting to social media, sending emails, as well as using a variety of apps, doesn’t require a lot of computing power or local storage. Instead, they are putting a premium on access from a variety of smaller devices with longer battery life, an instant-on function, and intuitive touch-centric interfaces. These users have not necessarily given up on PCs as a platform for computing when a more robust environment is needed, but this takes a smaller share of computing time, and users are making do with older systems,” IDC’s Loren Loverde stated.

IDC also points out that not only will worldwide PC shipments fall by 7.8% in 2013, but PC shipments will also fall 1.2% in 2014. IDC mentions that PC designs are beginning to be optimized for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. IDC foresees more thin, convertible, touch, and slate models.

Corporate PC purchases are also on a decline, as Windows XP’s support ends in 2014 and more employers are jumping on board the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) bandwagon. IDC points out that nearly 25% of employees in organizations have personally purchased their primary PC that they use for work.

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