IDC: PC shipments worldwide dropped by nearly 10 percent in 2013

IDC: PC shipments worldwide dropped by nearly 10 percent in 2013

Summary: The global market intelligence firm described 2013's PC industry slump as "the most severe contraction on record."

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The latest report from the IDC on Tuesday does not spell out good things for the near or long-term future of the PC industry.

PC shipments worldwide dropped by 9.8 percent in 2013, according to the market intelligence firm.

Based on the IDC's assessment, there are two ways to look at this. The first is that outcome is actually better than analyst expectations, which previously predicted a decline of 10.1 percent.

But in the same sentence, the IDC still described 2013's results as "the most severe contraction on record."

While mobile is usually pinpointed as the default culprit for PC shipment declines, nowhere might that be more prevalent than in emerging markets.

Loren Loverde, vice president of the worldwide PC trackers team at IDC, acknowledged in the report that emerging markets "used to be a core driver" for the PC market.

But now, he continued, those same regions are seeing "significant shifts in technology buying priorities" -- not to mention suffering weak economic climates.

Handoko Andi, research manager for client devices at IDC Asia/Pacific, warned particularly about tumultuous political climates as well, especially in India, Indonesia, and Thailand, throughout 2014.

Thus, IDC analysts don't expect growth rates above zero this year, instead lowering annual growth expectations by just over two percent.

Topics: PCs, Government Asia, Hardware, Tech Industry

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  • Dear Microsoft: "Thank You For Killing The PC"

    That's the extent of the letter all OEMs need to send to MS.

    Windows 8 is the beginning of the end for such a greedy and reprehensible company.
    orandy
    • Greedy? Reprehensible?

      Wait, were you talking about Apple or Google?

      Isn't that what are all companies are?

      Samsung copies others, Google eats your data, Apple murders their competition with lawsuits...

      If Windows 8 is the beginning of the end, then by your logic, is Mac OS a zombie, and is Linux a charred corpse being stuffed in an urn?

      Of course, seeing that you ARE zerorandy, a bipolar proprietor of the Anti-MS crowd who was banned from C|Net, I'm not very surprised.
      ForeverCookie
      • Gnu/Linux/X11 based Desktop OSs take a lot of

        criticism in these forums for failure to gain "marketshare" because they su*ck or whatever. However, they do not exist for marketshare and do not need to make money. They exist because people wanted to create them - period. Its honest software that exists naturally, free from marketing requirements, which is all phony.

        Therefore the criticism is irrelevant. I use such an OS when I need to, as the right tool for the job. I use windows when I need to as well.
        So calling "linux" a charred corpse is not relevant. Calling Mac OS a zombie, may be correct.

        Linux as a kernel in conjunction open source software and standards (such as in android and chrome) are kicking MS's butt though.
        drwong
        • End Users could care less about a freaking kernel

          "Linux as a kernel in conjunction open source software and standards (such as in android and chrome) are kicking MS's butt though."

          It's what's on top that counts.
          BTW, Chrome is not kicking anybody's butt..
          thekman58
          • right they don't care

            but everyone in forums like this says "ha ha linux, 1% marketshare" or something. I know they are referinng specfically to gnu/x11 based Gnome/GTK/KDE style User interface with linux kernel typically-based OS.

            In fact, the kernel could be Hurd, or BSD and have nothing to do with linux and you wouldn't know it, at least on the surface.
            So, we should be perhaps laughing at Gnu or Gnome, or KDE, or GTK, etc.

            No chrome isn't really kicking butt per se but is getting there and its nice to have some competition. Android is obviously kicking butt.
            drwong
    • Dear, orandy - thanks for the laugh

      as usual your unhealthy, hateful obsession with Microsoft gives rise to the most inaccurate, yet humorous (as in court jester) posts.

      Even funnier is you running around calling others "reprehensible" :)
      William.Farrel
  • Bye bye MS?

    IDC's definition of a PC is a white box computer that you put under your desk, accompanied by a CRT monitor. IDC's definition of a PC is so outdated, its data means very little. IDC, update your data to include tablets and touch based PCs.

    What does have me concerned, is the current direction of the new CEO. He seems determined to make Windows client irrelevant not only in the consumer market, where MS is having trouble, but also in the enterprise, where Windows is currently untouchable. Exclusivity of apps on platforms have always strengthened platforms. Now Nadella wants to squander this strength away by making Office and Xbox Live be available on all platforms. I'm telling you once Windows client goes, Microsoft will begin to unravel, as its overall ecosystem of customers, developers, etc. are anchored to it. Once Windows client goes, its ecosystem of developers will depart, and all of MS' other platforms will be screwed. Windows client is MS' most crucial asset, and it must be protected above all others. I'm telling you, if Nadella doesn't maintain exclusivity of apps to Windows (which Apple does with its own platforms), and help shore up defenses around the platform, MS is SCREWED!
    P. Douglas
    • Actually, No.

      IDC's definition of a PC in this report is, " PCs include Desktop, Mini Notebook and other Portable PCs which possess non-detachable keyboards, and do not include handhelds or Tablets such as the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface Pro or Android Tablets."

      That does change your argument significantly.
      Vulpinemac
      • Thanks for the definition

        Thanks for the definition. It shows that IDC excludes many Windows tablets and mini tablets, as well as 2-in-1s that are selling well. So then what's the point of tracking older PC form factors, while ignoring new growing form factors, in its report. All the report is saying is that the older PC form factors are seeing decreased sales. Duh! That is what usually happen with older stuff.
        P. Douglas
        • Good point. When a large number of PCs aren't being counted as PCs, then,

          IDC's numbers will be way off.

          PCs in the form of tablets that run full-featured OSes, are PCs. PCs with detachable keyboards and that run full-featured OSes, are PCs. Looks like IDC needed to "fix" the data to fit their mantra about the PCs declining in sales.
          adornoe
    • Which I had money for every time a bone head

      said MS was doomed or unravel. It's really said but obviously no concept of the enterprise, or sheer scope of the numbers out there...
      ScanBack
      • Yep! And everytime they mention how MS is doomed, they also make sure to

        fail to comment about how MS is a lot more profitable than Google, which they never say anything about how it is doomed.
        adornoe
        • microsoft profits appear to be declining

          microsoft profits appear to be declining in relation to Google according to this chart:

          http://infogr.am/Apple-vs-Microsoft-vs-Google---profits?src=web

          Apple is the clear leader in $$ profit at this time ...
          gare
          • That chart is over a year old, and MS has been extending their profits lead

            in the last 4 quarters.

            Find a more recent chart, and you'll have to agree with me, even if you do it unwillingly.

            But, heck, I'll give you the REAL numbers for last year...

            Google vs Microsoft quarterly net revenue (Google on top)

            Q1/13 Q2/13 Q3/13 Q4/13
            ------- ------- --------- --------
            $3,477 $3,123 $3,444 $3,922
            $6.05B $4.96B $5.24B $6.56B

            As you should clearly see, MS is WAAAYYYY more profitable than Google
            adornoe
  • PC is dead?

    Unless I'm reading the charts wrong, hundreds of millions of PCs per year are still being sold. A great number of use cases have been supplanted by tablets, smart phones, and other "post-PC" devices, but I'd hesitate to call the PC market "dead."
    SackScratcherton
    • Judging by the number of Windows 8/8.1 licenses sold thus far, the number

      of PCs being sold must be way over 200 million since Windows 8 was first released, which is a bit over a year.

      Those 200+ million licenses are sold with a PC or will get installed into a PC sooner or later. That number is several times the number of iPads + Android tablets sold in the same period.

      Tablets are the only tech that might take sales away from "PCs" since smartphones are not computing devices, nor media consumption devices. Smartphones are just that, "smarter" phones, and they're replacing in-home and in-office "dumb" and wired phones.
      adornoe
  • The PC is dead?

    iphones/smart phones will never replace the pc. The pc of today is a lot like the automobile. Technology is advancing at a pace that would make your head spin. In the case of the automobile the engineering has advanced to a point where replacement is not as quick a cycle as it was previously. Another factor with autos is the cost for a new one is higher each model year. So people are hanging on to them longer and doing regular maintenance. With the pc, the technology advancements are such that the need to replace has taken a slow down. I upgraded my system (did not buy a whole one) to a mainboard that utilizes an eight core processor and maxed the ram to 32 gigs. Works really good and fast and barring any odd failures it will keep me going for a long time. So I will not be purchasing a new system any time soon. Using Windows 8 was a learning curve over older OS but I was using 7 prior to upgrading to 8. I also use a Windows phone. Works great in tandem with the phone. So idea that the pc is dead is a little premature. I am sure the tablets and various pc alternatives will have an effect on the pc market, but in general I do not see them going away very soon. I hope not, they keep me busy keeping them in running condition for my clients.
    CALSYSTECH
    • Umm...

      Haven't you learned to never say never?
      ExploreMN
      • The guy above you is completely right, and PCs will NEVER die.

        Why wont they die?

        Simple. Tablets are quickly becoming PCs, so, we'll end up with "tablets" which have evolved to become PCs. So, it's the tablets which will slowly die, and different looking PCs will have evolved from tablets, while the PC form-factors of today continue chugging along. We've heard about the "post-PC" nonsense for about 4 years now, and manufacturers are constantly coming out with more powerful PCs with many different configurations, with portability and convertibility included.

        So, NEVER is quite right. And you and IDC will still be predicting the demise of the PC some 20 years into the future.
        adornoe
  • Why does this shock or confuse people?

    Technology isn't advancing like it used to and people don't need to upgrade as often as they used to. When PC sales were doing amazing it's because every year you could get something that would just destroy whatever you had in the past. However, if you bought a first generation Core i5 PC, do you REALLY need to update to a Haswell i5? For MOST people, the answer is no. I bought a laptop (Asus Republic of Gamers) back in something like 2010 with 6GB of RAM, Core i7 processor, etc. The thing still runs great today and it's plenty fast for any and all business needs and can even handle most of the games I play at modest settings. Now I'm *kind of* a power user and if this still meets my needs, imagine that average Joe or Jane that surfs the net, uses Word or whatever, watches Netflix and junk like that. They could use a computer like this pretty much until they die or it dies.

    Now throw in the fact that nearly everyone on the planet has some form of computer even in 3rd world countries...of course PC sales will decline. This is just plain logical.
    ExploreMN