According to IHS iSuppli Compute Platforms Service at information and analytics provider IHS, the global PC shipments decline for the first time in 2012 for the first time in 11 years. The total PC market expected to contract to 348.7 million units i.e. by 1.2 percent, down from 352.8 million in 2011.
Craig Stice, senior principal analyst for computer systems at IHS said that “Now three quarters through the year, the usual boost from the back-to-school season appears to be a bust, and both AMD and Intel’s third-quarter outlooks appear to be flat to down. Optimism has vanished and turned to doubt, and the industry is now training its sights on 2013 to deliver the hoped-for rebound. All this is setting the PC market up for its first annual decline since the dot-com bust year of 2001.”
What interesting to note here is that we are just days away from Microsoft to launch its next instalment of Windows, the Windows 8 operating system (with packaging already revealed last night), so as now the biggest question comes in mind is do the tech giant’s biggest move with the launch of its long-awaited operating system can save the day or not.