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Submission + - PC Shipments In 2013 See The Worst Yearly Decline In History 4

An anonymous reader writes: The PC market continues to be in free fall, having now seen its seventh consecutive quarter of declining worldwide shipments. Worldwide PC shipments dropped to 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner, a 6.9 percent decrease from the same period last year. It’s worth emphasizing that this past quarter resulted in a total of 315.9 million units shipped in 2013, a 10 percent decline from 2012, and the worst decline in PC market history. The overall shipment level was equal to the one in 2009.
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PC Shipments In 2013 See The Worst Yearly Decline In History

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  • To post "Don't blame Windows 8!"
  • The PC market is pretty much saturated. People buy replacements when the old one dies. There's usually no reason to upgrade since even a three year old PC is plenty fast for almost all consumers. Oh yea, and there's that tablet fad.
    • Without a much more bloated OS than the predecessor (Vista, Win 95), software no longer requiring so much resources, tablets and phones, business software being tied to so many things (like IE 6, and dozens of other obsolete programs) making it harder to remove, and a crappy OS gui for both Linux and Windows (gnome-shell/gnome 3 are default), mixed with a mediocre economy, and what you have is a perfect storm.

      The PC is like the mini and mainframe. Once upon a time they were rapidly innovating too. Once they

  • Is there any positive reason to see an increase? I'm still using my desktop I built in 2008. The only thing that I might want is an SSD. But with 8GB of RAM, once all the apps/data are cached in memory, there are only very specific use cases where I'd see the boost from the SSD.

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