Not that the event comes as much of a shock in its own right, but the decline in global PC sales s happening even faster than anyone could have predicted. Despite tablet PCs and Smartphones having only technically been in the game for a reasonably short time, worldwide shipments of standard PC have fallen by the largest margin in nearly two decades.
According to data published by the IDC, the first quarter of 2013 alone brought a massive 14% drop in PC sales – significantly higher than the worst realistic estimates of around 7.7%. All in all, a total of 76.3 million PC sales were recorded on a global basis, which is a quite drastically alarming figure compared to that of a few years ago.
The fall was the fourth quarterly decline in a row and also the largest recorded fall in PC sales since industry records began.
Gartner Inc released figures that didn’t appear to be quite as dramatic at 11.2%, though they also stated that the decline in PC sales was the worst they had seen since 2001.
As far as specific manufacturers go, Hewlett-Packard took the deepest hit. Currently the biggest PC maker in the world, shipments of HP PCs dropped by a catastrophic 24%, making the 11% slump over at Dell seem somewhat more bearable, comparatively speaking.
And while Gartner stated that the cause of PC sales slowing so drastically was the enormous surge in both Smartphone and tablet PC sales, the IDC pinned at least some of the blame on the relatively slow take-up of Windows 8 – Microsoft’s latest OS apparently alienating many by stepping too far away from the platform’s traditions.
Microsoft is therefore another company struggling to map out a successful future in the face of dwindling PC demand, though is apparently lining up a 7-inch Surface Mini Tablet for a late 2013 release date in order to capitalize on the growing market exodus.