Bad news for PC makers, especially the ones that carry Windows 8. According to International Data Corporation, shipments of personal computers have fallen 14 percent from last year.
There are numerous reasons for this. Among them is the increased use of mobile phones and tablets over
laptops and desk computers.
“This is horrific news for PCs,” BGC financial analyst Colin Gillis told The Washington Post. “It’s all
about mobile computing now. We have definitely reached the tipping point.”
Technology companies must be nimble and innovative. Customers are constantly looking for something new.
It’s not just the newness of mobile computing that’s killing the PC market. The other culprit is Microsoft. Many experts say Windows 8 is a flop and sales have reflected that.
“The Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have
slowed the market,” said Bob O’Donnell of IDC.
It won’t be long before the overall computing prowess of tablets takes over and we move away from PCs. Ironically, some PC manufacturers are developing laptops with detachable keyboards, turning
the screen into a tablet of sorts.
It brings to mind what Steve Jobs said a little before his death. That we’re embarking on a “post-PC world.”