More PC doom-harbingerage from industry analysts today. This time, its our 'friends' at IDC, who estimate that the PC market is in free-fall, with more plummeting to come. Naturally, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 is getting at least part of the blame.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wish to complain about this PC, what they purchased not half an hour ago from this very boutique.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Agam Shah weathers the "perfect storm":
...struggling PC companies, aversion to Windows 8...mobile-device adoption. ... Worldwide PC shipments in the first quarter [were] down 13.9%...IDC said...worse than the 7.7% previously forecast. ... PC shipments fell across all regions worldwide.
Windows 8 also did little to help PC shipments grow. ... Ultrabooks have so far sold poorly because of high prices. ...poor netbook shipments were partly responsible [as users] have moved on to tablets. ...the PC market is expected to continue regressing. MORE
Jack Clark comments, "Ouch":
Besides a poor reception for Windows 8, the decline was "magnified" by HP and Dell's "restructuring and reorganizing efforts." ...a polite way of saying that neither company could figure out how to stop itself bleeding. ... Gartner also came out with broadly similar figures on Wednesday.
PCs just aren't getting that much better, and by PCs, we mean the [CPUs] inside them. ...a new PC doesn't really have the "wow" factor that you used to get. ...performance increases have been blunted by a lack of applications that...get the most of multicore. MORE
And IDC's Bob O’Donnell talked to Brier Dudley:
[It's] clear that the Windows 8 launch [has] slowed the market. ...the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets.
While people like the general look and feel of the tiles, they’re also very confused and frustrated. MORE
Yes, Preston Gralla gets grumpy at his usual ire-target:
...consumers are confused and unhappy with Windows 8, and there's no end in sight. ... IDC concludes that that decline has been fueled by the poor design and failure of Windows 8 [and] unless Microsoft makes serious changes to Windows 8...things will only get worse.
Microsoft made a big gamble...giving it dueling and confusing interfaces. Microsoft hoped that [it] would spur people to buy Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, but that hasn't happened. ... Microsoft should admit its mistake and redesign Windows 8 so that people want to buy PCs based on it. MORE
But Mark Hachman comes to praise Microsoft, not to bury it:
Yes, Microsoft gets plenty of criticism, much of it justified. ... But that's only part of the story.
Microsoft has achieved detente with open-source software. ... Compare Microsoft versus Google versus IBM in terms of citations and papers, and decide whether or not you believe Microsoft's numbers, which show Microsoft publishing much more research. ... In little more than a decade, Microsoft has forced Nintendo, one of the pioneers of the modern video game console, into near irrelevancy. ... Every day, we sit down at our [PC] put our hands to our keyboard and type away. And, in general, many of the best of those keyboards and mice have said "Microsoft" somewhere on them. ... Few companies have the resources to invest in startups, whether that be a company or a teenager. Microsoft does both. ...the Windows Phone OS itself has a lot to recommend it, and the hardware from Nokia and HTC isn't bad, either. ... Microsoft has forged relationships with thousands of businesses, generating stable, consistent revenue streams. ... I was honestly impressed by Microsoft's apology that it had fallen short of its commitment to provide "browser choice."
Tech journalists remain eager to write the story of Microsoft's fall, me included [but] good work coming out of Microsoft, and ignoring that creates an incomplete, inaccurate picture. MORE