Very Ugly Numbers

IDC: First-quarter global computer shipments dropped 14 percent from the previous year
Gartner: data showed an 11 percent decline in first-quarter global PC shipments.

According to IDC research, when you buy a tablet you use your PC 25 to 30 percent less, so need to upgrade decreases. We are  in an era of good-enough computing. People are holding on to their machines longer.

Plus, there is no incentive to run out and buy a Windows 8 PC right anyway. The average selling price of a Windows laptop is $599, but touch-capable Windows 8 PCs and hybrids average about $799. In the case of Windows 8, people will wait until they can get a touch machine at a more reasonable price point. And here’s another scary trend for PCs – Chinese consumers’ apparent tendency to buy a tablet as their first PC.

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