Computerworld - The PC industry's problems continue to worsen, said research firm IDC yesterday as it again lowered shipment forecasts for the year.
And the personal computer business's problems are Microsoft's problems.
"Windows 8.1 will not be a driver [of sales] in the short term, not to consumers," said Jay Chou, one of the IDC analysts who works on the PC tracking team. "And enterprises have only very recently migrated to Windows 7."
For the second time this year, IDC sharply reduced its PC shipment estimates, which count systems that come off predominantly Asian factory lines and are shipped worldwide to distributors, directly to retail, or to computer sellers like Lenovo, Hewlett Packard and Dell. According to IDC, 2013 will end with a 9.7% contraction compared to the year before, the largest in the firm's 18 years of tracking the statistic.