IDC: Windows 8 has failed to boost the PC market, has slowed down the market instead

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Bad news for Windows 8 here. According to new data from 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!

According to IDC, PC shipments have slowed down compared to a year ago. In fact, PC shipments have suffered the “steepest decline ever” in a single quarter. So how is Windows 8 involved? IDC blames the radical change Windows 8 brought to the table and the shift towards touch has changed the way people are attracted to desktop PCs.

“At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market. While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market,” IDC’s Bob O’Donnell stated.

Companies like Toshiba, Acer, Asus, Dell, and HP all reported a decline in PC shipments. The big question is, does this surprise anyone? We all knew that a shift towards touch was going to happen eventually. With Microsoft’s focus on a touch based operating system such as Windows 8 and Windows RT, one cannot be surprised that it would negatively affect desktop PC shipment.

Even IDC mentions that the PC industry is “struggling” to identify innovations to make people want to purchase a PC again. But apparently any change made is met with “significant resistance” because it is “cumbersome or costly.”

What’s going to happen a year from now? Are we slowly seeing the end of the PC-era?

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