IDC: PC Shipments Declining Faster Than Anticipated

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axiomatic

It's not Win8 for me. I'm holding out for Haswell cpu's. Plan to build a new gaming rig when they are available.

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keno

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface is locked in windows 8. I wouldn't purchase a computer with windows 8 or any other operating system that locks my computer using Unified Extensible Firmware Interface.

keno

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PCLinuxguy

while it's not the best time for PC sales with the way everything is going, I'm getting tired of this "the sky is falling!!" BS. WHile nolonger as great in number as the average dullard consumer that prefers to surf facebook and twitter on a smart device rather than actually use a real computer, there are plenty of people out there that actually use a computer for more than that, even if it's just a gaming machine and we will remain nomatter where the tide goes.

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maxeeemum

It's Windows 8 no doubt!!! The word is out that W8 sucks and there is nothing anyone can do about it just like Vista and ME. Everyone will wait and hope for better in Windows 9. It's a shame that PC companies have to lose money because M$ wants to sell WP8 and be like crApple.

And it's not going to happen!!! Sorry M$!!!!!!!!!!

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SrKag

All the B.S. of this and that going on around the work is slowing the pc sales.....! Prices are, prices. Come on $1000 joke tablets (windows tablets), over a $1000 for a high end video card(titan) where does the normal people come up with money like that. OH, the Intel $1000 processor (Core i7-3970X) for customers . Come on.... the Chinese new ... Come on.

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yammerpickle2

There are a lot more choices for consumer now, but WIN 8 did not help. Sure there are alternatives like Start 8, but why should I have to pay to put aftermarket software on a brand new computer to get it get the basic function that came in several previous versions of the operating system. WIN 9 can't come quick enough. It is like every other version of Windows is half baked. Hopefully, WIN 9 remembers desktops, which are shrinking, but are still what most of us work on everyday.

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Paper Jam

If you don't like Win8 don't get your hopes up over Win9. I predict more Metro and less desktop, perhaps even to the extent that the desktop goes the way of the Start button. MS wants to control their entire ecosystem, and Metro lets them wall the garden.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

GG Microsoft. KTHXBYE

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kerndaddy

i ordered an alienware aurura recently from dell, you better believe that i had them install windows 7 on it. despite the usual microsoft fan club that tries to bully people into buying the new microsoft operating system, i don't want it, and i won't get it.

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r3dd4wg

PC shipments are declining because Windows 8 comes pre-installed on them. I'd like to buy a new laptop without an O/S on it so I can put Windows 7 on it but I don't have that choice.

The next headline Max PC is going to be writing is, "How Microsoft single-handedly destroyed an industry with one Windows release".

Also wanted to add, at the company I work for, we're going to probably go thin client and avoid Windows altogether. The hardware we're running is from Windows 98 days and its running XP. When the support goes away for XP, we'll go thin client and dump Windows altogether.

Bye bye Microsoft. Too bad you made it so damn expensive to upgrade for my company. Basically, you killed your industry in one fell swoop ... and Apple is taking the credit for it.

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spokenwordd

Personally I think there is an over reaction going on with Win 8. Initially I was in the "break out the torches" crowd when I heard about Metro and the removal of the start button and menu. Then I ran the Dev Beta and confirmed I hated Metro and then ran the Consumer Release preview and realized I could install Start8 and my issue was solved.

Metro being forced on consumers was a BAD move from Balmer and company BUT aside from that Win8 is a step up. It's faster than Win7, more secure, has expanded functionality and features. This is NOT a bugged OS like Vista was initially there is a huge difference.

I just built a new PC and decided to install Win Pro 8 OEM, after installing Start8 (best $4.99 I ever spent) I never even looked back. Runs fantastic, full compatibility with all my games, softwareand my WHS network. Also Storage Spaces is great. Other than the "I hate Metro comments" (which I agree with), what are the rational complaints against Win8?

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fung0

"...what are the rational complaints against Win8?"

Seriously? If you Google that question, you'll have enough reading material to see you through six months or so. But here is the most important answer:

Win8 takes Windows in a new and disappointing direction, de-featured and locked-down. Windows originally succeeded because it was just powerful enough, just flexible enough and just open enough - for both developers and users. Microsoft is now trying to transform it into a dumbed-down, proprietary appliance, along the lines of Mac OS, or the Xbox.

Win8 is ugly, schizoid, and lacking in genuine improvements. But Microsoft's short-sighted new approach alone is reason enough to boycott it. Microsoft is trying to kill what we know as "the PC." A lot of us would rather not live in this dismal future that you've chosen to support.

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Paper Jam

Like many here, I hate Metro. But there are ways to work around it. What I really hate is the Windows Store (or whatever they call it). The closed system that has PO'd the game developers will also push out the tinkerers and hobbyist. MS likes what Apple has done with their ecosystem and wants to do the same. If you want to write programs for Windows, eventually you will only be able to do it through MS. With their approval, of course.

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Renegade Knight

Windows 8 is no reason to avoid a new computer. Spending all your money on a tablet, or other fun things because your old computer is still working great is.

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spokenwordd

Agreed....

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firefox91

Lemme get this straight. Your company is still running Windows 98 hardware and you aren't going to Windows 8 because of it's design and not your crap hardware? Well, good luck with those thin clients, you will need it if your IT team is still supporting Win98.

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r3dd4wg

We're on XP, which is working just fine. Because the security updates for XP is going to stop eventually (and we have to be in compliance with the government), we're being forced to move on. And for what? Nothing is broken. So, the management of this company has decided to get off the Microsoft treadmill and go with something else.

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boidsonly

+1

Don't forget to give an honorable mention to Android as well-tablet sales have taken off thanks to Win 8.

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DR_JDUBZ

android sucks, ios sucks, windows rt is gay as shit

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thekkeffect

this can be true. because most people now a days build custom rigs instead of buying pre-made ones. my friends always ask me what pc should i get? i always tell them the same thing every time. build one!

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Ninjawithagun

Seriously though, the decline of PC sales has a lot do with a combination of factors. The ever increasing adoption of mobile devices to conduct daily 'light' tasks of emails, Facebook, Twitter, book reading, internet browsing, etc, is the main foe of the survival of the legacy desktop PC. Another factor that is a bit more of a sore subject of me in particular is that I think PC builders charge way too much money for their products. A good example of this is Dell Alienware. The average price of a well equipped M18X R2 will run upwards of $3000 o.O That is absolutely ludicrous! The most that particular laptop is worth is just over $2000. So, on the average the overpricing usually tops out at about 50% premium over what the price should be. Same goes for all the other independant PC builders Digital Storm, Northwest Falcon, XOTIC PC, and so on. Until these companies get a grip with reality, readjust their profit margin, and realize that they MUST lower the prices on their products in order to bring sales back up, PC and gaming laptop sales will continue plummit like a meteor-meteroid-meteorite until it hits rock bottom.

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