Light At The End Of The Tunnel For PC Sales Decline

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 2:55 PM
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Research firm Gartner has conducted a study in the global PC market, reporting a significant decline in the the worldwide PC market year on year, shrinking another 8.6% in the last quarter.

The surge in tablet and phone sales that we have seen over the last decade has contributed to a large proportion of this but believe it or not there is light at the end of the tunnel to be found in these results…

The third quarter of a year is traditionally associated with extremely high PC sales as students and parents pick up new PCs in preparation for the return to school, but Gartner’s research indicates that many are making the switch to Android and iOS tablets for all their Angry Birds education needs.

"Consumers' shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets," said Gartner's Mikako Kitagawa. "A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets."

Many would argue that tablets are by admission really not that great for work, so it’s difficult to tell exactly how this will pan out. Just over eighty million PCs were shipping globally over the quarter, less than any quarter since 2008, but it’s not all doom and gloom for PC retailers.

Lenovo, Dell and HP all saw increases in sales in comparison to the same quarter last year, with Lenovo yet again remaining the number one PC retailer in the world.

Kitagawa said, “The positive U.S. results could mean that seasonal strength and channel fill for new product launches in 3Q13 finally overcame the structural decline. Even though 3Q13 shipments were compared with artificially weak 2Q13 because of inventory control for the Windows 8 launch at the time, the 3Q13 results imply the U.S. market may have passed the worst declining stage, which started in 2010.

“The shrinking installed base of PCs has also passed the steepest decline phase because the structural change has progressed fairly quickly. Tablets will continue to impact the PC market, but the U.S. PC market will see a more moderate decrease rather than a steep decline in the next two years.”

So while the PC industry continues to struggle with declining sales it’s pleasing to see the worst of it may be over, with the US market in particular looking like one that is steadying the ship most effectively.

While the tablet market is of course huge, do you think do you really think it’s the go-to place for a work-oriented device?

What impact do you think the perceived failure of Windows 8 has on the general public?

Let us know your thoughts below!

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19:39 Dec-03-2013

Personally I think this isn't because of the PC gaming market, but more to do with the fact that a lot of people only buy a computer for basic purposes like checking your emails or online shopping. People want to be able to do those things in the comfort of their living room, so they buy a tablet.

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08:10 Oct-11-2013

oh yeah, blame the tablets for the decrease of pc sales, not the fact that pc's COST TOO DAMN MUCH! i mean, sure tablets are cool for internet on the go with e-mails and such, making the internet portable, but still, deep down inside, you know that you miss your pc, and givin an opportunity to get a cheap awesomeness pc, what would you do?

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23:09 Oct-10-2013

Content creation will never be done on a tablet of a portable size

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11:40 Oct-11-2013

It's still irrelevant. There not saying people aren't using PC's any more, the article is about sales being down. You don't buy a PC every 2 weeks. It lasts.

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19:06 Oct-10-2013

I use my Kindle Fire (with custom rom) for a lot of daily tasks but nothing competes with the available software for Windows/MAC such as Dreamweaver, After Effects and Premiere Pro.. No matter how good photoshop for touch is, it can never compete with the full featured desktop version.
Having said that there are some good games appearing on Google Play which are just as playable and rewarding as PC/Console games.

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23:10 Oct-10-2013

actually photoshop and illustrator is far superior to using a screenless tablet on desktop.

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07:33 Oct-11-2013

Indeed, just purchased Carmageddon for my new Note 3 (had the free Promo on my S3) ^_^

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17:32 Oct-10-2013

"research indicates that many are making the switch to Android and iOS tablets for all their Angry Birds education needs."
:D

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17:41 Oct-10-2013

Angry Birds sucks.
There, I said it! (inb4 thumbs down)

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17:45 Oct-10-2013

Don't worry, no one is going to thumb you down for stating your opinion :)

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19:04 Oct-10-2013

Dont be so sure Tero.. this is the internet..

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07:32 Oct-11-2013

Oh yeah, I forgot that :P

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11:41 Oct-11-2013

That's the whole point of the thumb down?

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12:59 Oct-11-2013

I personally only thumb down members who are being rude or insensitive (or something similar) :/

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13:07 Oct-11-2013

i agree with you, but some of dem GeForce fans dont like us AMD guys very much. lost like 5 thumbs on a GeForce blog xD

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13:32 Oct-11-2013

I lost somewhere between 20-30 when I posted a huge anti-piracy comment about a year ago :D

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13:50 Oct-11-2013
            sorry, relatively new to this, thought it works for comments only, like facebook. xD<br />here's a thumb up for apology! :)                                     
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16:05 Oct-10-2013

I think that PC sales will grow again with the release of the next Windows system. When you go back to the past, you can see that every second Windows system was successfull.

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16:11 Oct-10-2013

I think it's high time to say goodbye to Windows :&#272;

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16:13 Oct-10-2013

I totally agree :)

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16:16 Oct-10-2013

Yeah I too am getting sick of it even though I actually like Windows 8... Fallen in love with Ubuntu though...

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16:22 Oct-10-2013

haha, I'm affraid of trying anything else than Windows, 'cause I've been using it since I started using a PC. :)

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16:22 Oct-10-2013

I agree back to JAVA OS! (troll post xD)

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17:19 Oct-10-2013

SteamOS pal!

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17:20 Oct-10-2013

btw one WARNING: if you (somehow) decide to remove the hdd with Linux, you will have to fix Windows' MBR using Windows DVD and command line (typing Bootrec.exe/FixMbr ) :&#272;

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17:26 Oct-10-2013

No PC user, except for gamers/programmers and people with slightly more interest in PC's than Facebook and work, know about other OS's, especially Steam OS, which is mainly known by gamers, and such systems wouldn't be bought by parents or people who need their PC's for work.

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17:32 Oct-10-2013

but for ex. my dad, who needs only internet browser, video/music player, image viewer&editor, connect his phone... is really happy with the Lubuntu I put on his very old lappy (1.6GHz single core, 512MB ram, igpu) because everything is much faster and drivers are no problem even for such old machine :&#272;

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17:34 Oct-10-2013

DAT. Linux is faster than Windows, since it's more lightweight.
Linux is the future, hope more games will be made for it.

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18:01 Oct-10-2013

Android, iOS, MAC OSX, all Smart TVs...those are all using Linux (UNIX) system, pity DirectX API isn't natively supported :/

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23:14 Oct-10-2013

I would rather see the fall of direct x and see opengl become dominant rather than for all platforms to include direct x. RAGE renders in opengl and it is probably the most optimized game ive ever seen. My old gpu that would barely pull of 720p low in farcry could play that game in 1080p 60fps no sweat

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07:31 Oct-11-2013

I'm sorry, did you just mention 'RAGE' and 'optimized' in the same sentence? :D

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11:42 Oct-11-2013

RAGE is horrendously optimized!

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15:46 Oct-10-2013

it's just about what people want to do with the device;
if you need "portability" then you cannot use PC;
if you need keyboard, then you any touch device is useless;
if you need performance, then you're stupid if you think smartphone/tablet/laptop is the way to go;
if you want to browse internet 24 hours every day, then you can get tablet or smartphone (but imho it's really sick to do nothing else than look into screen:P)
I think people are just stupid and wanna have the things someone else has, after few months they realize they will get rid of it anyway and keep only 1-3 devices they really use :&#272;

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15:49 Oct-10-2013

I think your comment is stupid.

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16:01 Oct-10-2013

can be, but not more than people who buy something and then cry about how sh*t it is :P

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17:35 Oct-10-2013

how come? o.0

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07:30 Oct-11-2013

Aren't laptops PCs? o.0

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09:29 Oct-11-2013

PC in ancient meaning of Personal Computer is understood as desktop,
but people use PC for everything, soon you could call smarthphone as PC too :Đ

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11:43 Oct-11-2013

Not quite. A smartphone is a smartphone, we know that. A laptop is a laptop. A PC is a PC. See what I'm getting at? :)

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11:52 Oct-11-2013

heh, anyway I think most people consider PC as device with Windows, some people even call PC internet, some people call internet Windows, some people say Windows is PC hardware spec...yay :Đ

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12:58 Oct-11-2013

I remember that the C64 had the text 'Personal Computer' written on top of it :D
Anyways, in my opinion any device that can run x86 or x64 Windows is a 'PC' ^_^

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15:44 Oct-10-2013

The US market should be doing great EVERYONE buys computers (High end and low end alike) here have been since 2011, Laptops naturally, were bought by the dozen....... tablets were also bought, but not at the same volume as laptops. At least that's the way it goes in good ol Sin City.

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15:47 Oct-10-2013

But sadly, there is more in the world than the USA.

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15:57 Oct-10-2013

hehe the article only mentions the US market, so I commented just upon the topic of the article, if it mentions more, I must have missed it xD

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16:02 Oct-10-2013

"Research firm Gartner has conducted a study in the global PC market, reporting a significant decline in the the worldwide PC market year on year, shrinking another 8.6% in the last quarter"

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15:41 Oct-10-2013

If people knew more about programming, scripting and other stuff then they would see that a Pc or laptop is way better than a console and tablet since you can do way more stuff!

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15:46 Oct-10-2013

Most people wouldn't get much use out of a PC. Browsing can be done from many types of devices now, and that seems to be the main focus.

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20:47 Oct-10-2013

I know and that's what bothers me. It's a shame that companies make cheap things and overprice them with 9999% cough apple cough. Instead of buying a quad core smartphone you can easily buy an old nokia that resists nuclear atacks (can also be used as a primary weapon against alien invasion) and a desktop Pc. I am tired going out my friends to drink a beer and some of them take their phones and start talking on facebook. Da fuq happend to this world...

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21:55 Oct-10-2013

finally someone who sees that;
I'm so pissed off by people spending 12hours eyes on smartphone screen, and they tell me why I sit at PC lol :&#272;

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01:30 Oct-11-2013

Me too my friend, me too : )

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07:29 Oct-11-2013

Someone give this guy one(1) free internet, he has earned it!

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10:59 Oct-11-2013

Thanks dude xD

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15:38 Oct-11-2013

I agree (: +1 bud :D

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15:24 Oct-10-2013

Not only are more people building custom PCs every year (if that was taken into account it would show that PC sales have actually increased - well PC parts anyway)... The study probably considered only laptops and pre-built desktops... Also, laptop sales in India, Brazil, Taiwan and other emerging markets have shot up like crazy over the last three years while desktop sales have declined...

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15:14 Oct-10-2013

Now more and more people are building PC's. Steam sales are just getting better every year.

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