IDC Forecasts PC Market Will Shrink for Second Consecutive Year

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Electrik

Facebook doesn't require a PC.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Nor does Angry Birds.

It's nice that retarded people can have "computers," too!

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Benjo

A 5 year old rig is still a capable machine. I'm typing this on an 11 year old laptop! Many of my friends and family has moved to laptops long ago, and they get replaced only when they sustain serious physical damage.

My sister-in-laws received Kindle Fires for Christmas. It meets most of their needs (Facebooking, playing music, Netflix, occasional e-mail and web browsing) and it frees up the family laptop.

The wife and I were tempted by 10 inch tablets not too long ago. For the price we could get a decent refurbished laptop!

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AFDozerman

Apparently, you don't know what the terms "professional" and "power user" mean.

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Benjo

The article reads that it includes all consumers, not just professionals and power users.

As for me, I overclocked Socket 7 procs and burning CDs at 4X back when they were computing's "sweet spot". Built a dual-proc Slot-1 rig, a nice Socket A rig, and a socket 940/dual core Opteron rig.

My last build was a budget socket 754 rig for dabbling in Linux. I still have that rig (running Debian GNU/Linux) while I have sold the others long ago. I've done freelance graphic design, T-shirt design and publications work and I have no need for a more powerful rig.

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Hilarity

No surprise there. Chucked my big ass desktop for a mac mini. Only reason I didn't go for a tablet is because I prefer to browse on a 24" Ultrasharp than a tiny tablet. Only PC I have left is my gaming box, a left over mini-ITX HTPC and that's it. Everything else is gone. Gave up on encoding and heavy duty work a long time back too.

Next decade, the PC will will continue to shrink and shrink.

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AFDozerman

With all of these companies switching their focus to mobile, you have to wonder what the choices will be in the near future for power users like us on this site. I like overclocking and switching out processors and shit, but apparently nobody else does.

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Renegade Knight

That market isn't likely to shrink much. We like building our own. We like making things work better. The only thing that will shrink is the size of our machines. My next is looking to be ITX based.

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pastorbob

Well, I bought an 10.1" ASUS tablet myself a month ago to replace my Kindle. I wanted to have more capabilities than the Kindle in a portable device and due to poor eyesight need something larger than a smartphone of 7" tablet. The tablet is good for reading ebooks, checking email, light browsing and playing a couple of games.

But I do all of the real work on my desktops. With a three monitor setup at home and a two monitor setup at the office, a tablet doesn't compare to them. And I assemble a new build every couple of years so I am not giving up PC's. I suspect they will outlive me.

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iheartpcs

Too bad MS has single handily destroyed the PC market...at least as we know it now.

Just think, at some point an MS exec said "I know what we have been doing for 25 years has worked almost perfectly but lets do something now that can't possibly succeed!" And then another exec said "Hell ya!!"

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pastorbob

A 1.3% decrease in sales and the PC market has been "single-handily destroyed"? Are you serious?

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harz3000gt

You'd think that Microsoft would have learned from past blunders like Vista & ME, yet they continue to pull these stunts time and time again. Sticking to their guns isn't helping matters much either. It just shows consumers how disconnected from them MS is. I love PCs, and I love Windows 7, but trying to ram an OS down people's throats only works if you have a distinct monopoly, and people now have more functional alternatives than ever. Should gaming ever become as popular on Linux as it is on Windows, MS can pretty much kiss their market share goodbye.

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