PC shipments continue to decline for the first quarter of 2015, as per a report from IDC, with a year-on-year decline of 6.7 percent with the worldwide PC shipments totaling 68.5 million units.
Recently, Nvidia said that the PC market is experiencing slow sales ahead of Windows 10 launch later this year. There's no exact availability date to come out from the Redmond-based company except a summer launch. Microsoft said Windows 10 for desktop should launch by summer, with reports hinting at a July launch.
“We see a very soft market going into Q2,” said Colette Kress, the chief financial officer of Nvidia, in a call with analysts after the company reported its first-fiscal quarter earnings.
Analysts have a different opinion though, but it goes with what Nvidia had to say. As we all know, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, but that's going to increase its market share for existing PCs. Analyst Patrick Moorhead believes that market will have to wait for the holiday season to see the effect of Microsoft's latest operating system on PC shipments, which is true in its own sense as the operating system still has a lot of bugs and issues which needs to be tackled before its general availability.
Analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said, “Many expected the full force of Windows 10 to hit for the back-to-school selling season, but that’s not going to happen. Sure, users will be able to download upgrades for the Windows 7 and Windows 8 PC installed base, but that won’t positively impact new PC sales for back-to-school. The market will have to wait until the holiday selling season begins to see the Windows 10 effect. Microsoft just wasn’t ready with a high-quality enough OS version to meet the time frames of OEM pre-builds of HP, Dell or Lenovo.”
It would be interesting to see how the market reacts to Windows 10, but as for new PC sales, it's going to take some time. what do you think?