IDC Forecasts PC Market Will Shrink for Second Consecutive Year | Maximum PCIDC Forecasts PC Market Will Shrink for Second Consecutive Year
On the bright side. IDC is saying the rate of decline will be about a third of what it was last year. And regardless of how it compares, a 1.3 percent change is hardly cause for panic. In fact, IDC predicts total PC shipments (desktops and notebooks) will reach 345.8 million units in 2013. That's down from 350.4 million units in 2012, but still a lot of PCs.
Incidentally, this is precisely where Windows 8 should be able to turn things around. The touch-friendly operating system encourages hybrid designs that function both as a powerful notebook and as a tablet, but PC makers have so far failed to really excite consumers with any must-have products.
Is the swelling still there?
The statistic that I think will be the most revealing is the Piracy rate.
I'd like to see a chart of the Piracy rates of the various Windows versions:
Windows 7 is most pirated obviously, as Microsoft kind of turned a blind eye about that as it meant people were getting off old platforms especially vista. They actually said they were allowing updates to pirated versions....
Windows xp is a distant second, it's not really sold, it's nearing the end of its long overdue life, but still being unfortunately used. That will be pirated as it's pointless to buy a nearly 12 year old operating system that won't be supported next year.
Windows 8 I say is a third after that. Especially since the promo offer ended, and it's back up to its normal price. Some people want better performance over 7, probably the same that pirated 7.
Windows vista isn't pirated at all. Unless if you're weird and like waiting, then you might end up buying a refurbished DVD copy.
If you call 45 quid the normal price, then yes, I suppose so. The same as the promo price, then.Especially since the promo offer ended, and it's back up to its normal price.
WSJ: Microsoft to offer discounted Windows 8 software for future small touchscreen laptopsIn a bid to push the development of small, touch-enabled laptops, Microsoft has started to offer discounts on Windows 8 and Office 2013 to manufacturing OEMs. According to WSJ and Digitimes reports, these price cuts would be reflected in products in the fall. The deal includes Windows 8 plus Office for $30 -- a bundle that previously cost $120.