IDC: PC market expected to continue decline for second year in a row

IDC: PC market expected to continue decline for second year in a row

Summary: Tablets are still held accountable for luring consumers away from traditional desktop and laptop PCs, according to the IDC.


Bad news for the PC industry: The global PC market is expected to decline for the second year in a row, according to the International Data Corporation.

See also: IDC: Smartphones to overtake feature phones this year; all eyes on BRIC nations

In a report published on Monday, the IDC predicted that PC shipments will decline by 1.3 percent in 2013. That's less than the 3.7 percent decline in 2012, but it's still not terribly reassuring to PC makers and supply chain partners.

Looking back on 2012, the main culprits were disappointing holiday sales, the global economic downturn, and a limited reception for Windows 8 -- which, to be fair, was released late in the year.

Tablets are also still held accountable for luring consumers away from traditional desktop and laptop PCs.

Loren Loverde, program vice president for worldwide PC tracking at the IDC, added in the report that the PC market is looking for (and banking on) new PC models to drive growth.

Growth in emerging regions has slowed considerably, and we continue to see constrained PC demand as buyers favor other devices for their mobility and convenience features. We still don't see tablets (with limited local storage, file system, lesser focus on traditional productivity, etc.) as functional competitors to PCs – but they are winning consumer dollars with mobility and consumer appeal nevertheless.

Loverde refrained from naming Ultrabooks outright as those new models that could serve as potential growth drivers -- perhaps because those shipments fell short in 2012 too.

Nevertheless, the IDC forecasted that the PC industry can only expected "limited growth" for 2014 and 2015.

Topics: PCs, Hardware, Laptops, Tech Industry

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  • It might be a phase...

    I have a Nexus 7 and I like it a lot better than the iPad but, since buying a Chromebook, the Nexus has been at home for bedtime reading.

    For most work, I prefer a keyboard and the Chromebook is actually very capable.
  • Steve Jobs was right

    It's a post-PC era and thanks to Apple and Android, consumers aren't forced to use Microsoft garbage anymore
    • Shunned from C|Net, he continues to yap on

      "... consumers aren't forced to use Microsoft garbage anymore"

      They were never forced to use Windows, they chose to use it, with their own free wills.

      If someone wanted to use anything else like, they would've searched for it and done so already. Whatever their excuses, be it budget, preference, or necessity, there's no reason to believe that Windows is garbage.

      That is your opinion, and as an opinion, it is nothing more than so. It's not a fact, it's not a truth, it's an opinion.

      And before I go, an average comment from your beloved (shellcodes_coder):

      "Winblows 8 garbage is rotting in the drain so as usual Winblows users will wait and pay extra $ for the next version so that everything will be fixed, though it will always remain broken. Meanwhile, Mac users will continue to enjoy the world's best OS w/o worrying about viruses, worms and registry garbage

      In reply to: "Microsoft's first Windows 8 update halfway to completion"
      February 20, 2013"

      I'm really sorry that you've had to deal with him for so long, and as far as I can tell, your community doesn't like him much either.

      How do you guys deal with him? Do you just ignore him or something?
      • Most of the people here just make fun of him

        And they do it at his expense in their replies. I think it's funny that these haters come here all the time, and say the dumbest things day in and day out. At least most of the wisecrack responses aimed at them give me a laugh. I just wonder if they really believe what they say, or just post their trash because they don’t know what else to say?
      • MS forces us to use Windows!!! by bribing!

        we are forced to use Windows, you lie.... many proofs:
  • IDC: PC market expected to continue decline for second year in a row

    Until next year when no one is buying tablets but they are buying PCs. Tablets are dead.
  • Desktop PCs serve many purposes, but not all of them

    That's the reason why we have so many other computing devices: entertainment consoles, laptops, notebooks, pads, readers, phones, pods, etc. NONE of them can do everything well. Many of them can't do some things at all. Desktop systems will never fully go away. They make excellent base stations; but you only need one in the home, and other devices on the go.