By Tim Colwill on December 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm
The numbers continue to tally up against PC sales into the future, with analyst group IDC forecasting that sales figures will have fallen by 10% at the end of 2012 — despite
This is actually slightly worse than the previous projection, and is “the most severe yearly contraction on record,” says the IDC. 2014 is expected to bring another decline of around 4%, with total PC shipments falling to barely ahead of 2008 levels.
Commercial PC markets are faring better than consumer ones, a phenomenon attributed to “a smaller impact from tablets”, and a surge as people move to replace Windows XP systems before Microsoft officially discontinues support.
“Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system,” said the IDC’s Jay Chou. “While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device – for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones – PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available.”
“And despite industry efforts, PC usage has not moved significantly beyond consumption and productivity tasks to differentiate PCs from other devices. As a result, PC lifespans continue to increase, thereby limiting market growth.”