Worst PC quarterly sales ever blamed on Windows 8

11 April 2013


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.

TOPICS:   Technology   High Street News


  • chewbacca
    "oh noes I'm too fucking stupid to understand Windows 8, I'll stick with XP for another ten years..." Fucking morons. Win8 boots in 15 seconds for me. Fuck the retards.
  • Andrew
    "Fucking morons. Win8 boots in 15 seconds for me. Fuck the retards." Windows 8 is a Win 7 Service pack with a stupid fucking metro bollocks skin.
  • Yog S.
    8 looks like it's been designed for simpletons.
  • Dr Z.
    Ubuntu FTW.
  • chewbacca
    @Andy Pandy It's only "bollocks" if you're too thick to understand it enough to make the best of it. @Yog S So, if it looks like it's been designed for simpletons, I assume it's still too complex for you?
  • Yog S.
    @chewbacca Yes, little fella, that's right. It's too complex for me. You have me bang to rights. Tell your friends that you won the internet whilst windowlicking on the special bus tomorrow.
  • chewbacca
    @Yog S THAT'S the best you can do? Really? One would imagine telling one's friends whilst simultaneously licking windows would be rather difficult, no? Not that you'd know, as your dad shagged all your friends when you were five. Now he just has you for "special time". You fucking cocksucking retarded cunt.
  • Mr M.
    I blame Holby City, no cunt wants a PC when syphilis looks so much cooler on a tablet.
  • Alexis
    They were between a rock and hard place. Make Windows 8 different enough to stimulate sales, but keep it similar enough from the previous so that people can upgrade seamlessly. They've tripped up with the latter. Things that were easy now take more button presses and navigation. You can see where they were coming from by trying to keep the touch side of things running throughout all versions, but it's redundant and irritating when not using a touch device. Which is 99% of people using the thing. I remember Jobs saying they were trying to integrate OSX and iOS more, but the crossover isn't intrusive. It's as if MS heard that and thought it was a good idea to take, but spunked it all over the place. My apps folder look like an iPad (using Launchpad) but I don't have a copy of an iPhone on my machine. Why would i want to browse the internet on my desktop as if I'm on a massive iPhone like Win8 thinks I should? It's bizarre.
  • Zeddy
    Apples next OS is going to be named in memory of Steve. It's to be called Jobbies.
  • Yog S.
    @chewbacca Aw bless.
  • delrio
    Read this same story on an actual tech site and they specified laptops as being affected, not the PC in general. That would seem more believable as they are more likely to be affected by the tablet market, especially with Win 8 being touch screen friendly.
  • m k.
    windows 8 what a fuck up has its brains in its ass

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