PC Sales Persistently Declining: 10 Reasons Why
Where's the Innovation?
It's hard to find innovation in the PC business today. The laptops and notebooks on the market these days all look the same. What's worse, their features, including applications and hardware add-ons, do nothing to excite computer buyers these days who seem to be paying closer attention to the latest tablets and smartphones. Innovation appears to be dead in the PC market. That's a major reason why the market is in such trouble.
The PC market is in a state of steep and worrisome decline. According to research firm IDC, a total of 89.8 million PCs were shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter, down 6.4 percent compared to the same period in 2011. That drop was worse than the 4.4-percent estimate and underscores the increasing trouble PC makers are having as they try to make their sales pitch to would-be customers. It was the first time in five years that the PC market had experienced a decline in shipments. Several comments have been made on why the PC market is falling. Some say that it's due to the economy. Others argue that the PC market is in trouble because of the increasing popularity of tablets. Either way, the PC market is experiencing something that so far, vendors haven't been able to address. The longer this goes on, the harder it'll be for PC makers to stem losses and turn around the trend. The first step in determining how to address the problem, however, is identifying the many issues surrounding it. That's the goal of this eWEEK slide show. But a more difficult task for PC makers will be to figure out how to reverse this slide.