Deathwatch: are PCs going to the great skip in the sky?
Recently, the European Commission hit Microsoft with a huge £459m fine for failing to offer people different browsers when they logged into windows. If that wasn't bad enough, it looks like PCs could vanish altogether.
According to researchers IDC, Windows 8 hasn't been a success for the company and thanks to the rise of other tablets and such, it looks like it is curtains for PCs.
PC sales have been dropping steadily and IDC's forecast sees fewer shipments in the future, with Samsung's president, Jun Dong-soo, backing them up, saying: "The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8. I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform."
Basically, the forecast for PC sales is that there'll be zero-growth in the market over the next four years and, of course, in that time, smartphones and tablet sales are rocketing.
"Emerging market growth potential [for PC purchases] is declining and coming closer to that of mature regions," IDC says. "2012 marked the first year that emerging markets have seen a volume decline, and while 2013 will return to growth, it is projected at less than 1%, and with modest, single-digit growth through [to] 2017."
Netbooks are also dead in the water, so there'll be no hope there, so with Microsoft failing with Windows 8, is there any hope for their future? Some people are pinning their hopes on ultrabooks, but they may be out of the price-range of the people who made PCs so popular over the years. If you want to fork out loads of money on a portable device, your average Joe will probably gravitate toward a luxury brand like Apple. With Android muscling in to every corner, Microsoft are up against it.