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Worldwide PC shipments estimated to drop, according to IDC

IDC says a slowing tablet market will help the PC industry, but shipments are still expected to slide in 2014
By: Michael Hatamoto | Computer Systems News | Posted: Jun 4, 2014 7:27 am

The PC industry should see a global shipment decline of 6 percent in 2014, as western markets largely saw a modest interest, according to research firm IDC. Over the past few years, the PC industry has struggled, with the market shifting towards mobile products, such as smartphones and tablets.




Looking ahead in the future, recovering global economies and slowing interest in tablets will give PC OEMs their chance to win back some customers. Both end-users and business users will find OEMs dropping prices and releasing dependable systems for a relatively low price.


Here is what Loren Loverde, IDC worldwide PC trackers VP, said in a press statement: "However, the transition toward mobile and cloud-based computing is unstoppable. PCs continue a slow transition toward touch and slim designs, even as tablet volume is expected to pass total PC volume in the fourth quarter of 2014 and on an annual basis in 2016. To return to growth, the PC industry is going to need to accelerate the shift to lower-cost, thin, and touch-based designs, despite the challenges it has faced with these designs in the past."


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