Windows 8.1 plus new processors improve PC market

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Windows 8.1 plus new processors improve PC market

Cliff Saran

The introduction of new Intel processors running the Windows 8.1 update will slow the decline of PC sales according to Gartner.

Its latest forecast for the PC industry shows a steep decline in PC sales. Globally, it estimated that 305m PCs will ship in 2013, compared to 202m tablet devices, representing a 10.6% decline in PC shipments compared to 2012.

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But the introduction of new ultra mobile devices, including Windows 8.1 notebook and Chromebook devices, will help to stem the decline of the PC, according to Gartner. Demand for ultramobiles will come from upgrades of both notebooks and premium tablets, such as the Apple iPad or Galaxy Tab10.1. Analysts said ultramobile devices would draw demand away from other devices. This will be even more evident in the fourth quarter of 2013 when the combination of a new design based on Intel Bay Trail and Haswell processors running on Windows 8.1 will hit the market, Gartner said.

Garter expected tablet shipments to grow 67.9% in 2013, but PC it predicted PC shipments would decline 7.3%.

The forecast also showed the significance of BYOD in the enterprise. Computing devices bought by consumers will grow from 65% in 2013 to 72% t in 2017. This signifies the growing importance of designing for the consumer inside the enterprise, Gartner said.

Worldwide Devices Shipments by Operating System (Thousands of Units) 

Operating System

2012

2013

2014

Android

505,509

866,781

1,061,270

Windows

346,464

339,545

378,142

iOS

212,878

296,356

354,849

RIM

34,584

25,224

22,291

Others

1,118,004

820,592

689,877

Total

2,217,440

2,348,497

2,506,429

Source: Gartner (June 2013)


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