PC shipments dropped in Q4 2012 despite Windows 8: Gartner
Holiday season shopping and the launch of Windows 8 was supposed to increase PC shipments but consumers preferred to buy tablets and smartphones instead. This has led to a 4.3 per cent fall in PC sales in the fourth quarter which has been confirmed by research firm, Gartner.
Worldwide PC shipments have taken a dip to 90.3 million units in the last quarter of 2013 which is due to the weak global economy and it also indicates that there has been a shift in consumer habits in the PC sector.
The launch of Windows 8 in October was supposed to be the elixir of life for the sector but consumers have already shifted towards tablets and smartphones with many launches of tablets and smartphones in the past year.
Gartner has said that Windows 8 has not had a significant impact on PC shipments in the quarter since its launch, partly because the initial Windows 8 devices lacked the excitement of the touch interface that is found in many tablets.