Worst PC quarterly sales ever blamed on Windows 8
We've written about the potential demise of the PC before, and the news keeps getting worse. Basically, tablets and smartphones have killed them off. In addition to this, PC sales have dropped thanks to Windows 8.
It seems Microsoft's latest thing has done more harm than good, as shipments fell by their deepest quarterly drop since the firm started. On top of this, there's the small matter of cost - smartphones and tablets are cheaper and more convenient.
It seems Steve Jobs 'post PC world' comment is coming true, after he likened their usefulness to pick-ups, which saw declining sales as people moved out of the country and into the cities: "I think PCs are going to be like trucks. Less people will need them."
Naturally, there's still a lot of PCs being sold, with more than 300 million expected to be sold around the world in 2013, however, it does feel like an endgame for desktop computers as tablets are already at 200 million sales this year, and smartphones are likely to surpass a billion units sold in the next 12 months.
Companies like Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Dell will have some huge decisions to make in the coming months. However, as Microsoft have shown, rejigging your operating systems so they look friendlier on tablets and phones hasn't turned the ship around, so they've got to completely rethink their strategy or vanish completely.
Microsoft are bullish though, describing the PC market as "evolving and highly dynamic." They can only hope that their thinking is the same.