Computer Shipments Continue Decline And Sales

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The most precipitous decline in personal computer shipments and sales have led many technology writers to inscribe in a plethora of online articles about what may inevitably be the demise of the personal computer. The purpose of this paper is to inform its reader about five (5) articles that were written to highlight the decline in personal computer shipments and sales in the third and fourth quarters of 2013 and how the introduction of Windows 8 as the operating system for these devices may have been the leading contributory factor of the decline. Various comparisons were summarised and personal input made in the reasons for Windows 8 failure upon entry to the technology market. Farber in his article titled “PC shipments continue…show more content…
This statement they alluded to the consumer’s shift from personal computers to tablets for daily content consumption that continued to decrease the installed base of personal computers both in mature as well as in emerging markets. Keizer in his article “Windows 8 's complexity tax shackles Microsoft”, suggested that the labyrinth composition of the Windows 8 from an end user’s viewpoint led to its nosedive. Thompson (2014) in the article, “Windows 8 and the cost of complexity” stated that ‘computer makers have been hurt as consumers and businesses spend more time on smartphones and tablets, and are slower to replace aging personal computers’. Both Faber and Evangehlo’s articles echo the same argument that personal computer sales and shipments, in general, have been continuing its downward spiral because tablets and smartphones have replaced personal computers especially in incipient markets. Though Faber’s article drew focus on Apple’s MacIntosh growing 28.5 percent year over year, Evangehlo focus drew on Intel’s confirmation that new processors will be capable of switching between Android and Windows instantaneously. In comparison to Pettey and van der Meulen’s article, “Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments in the Third Quarter of 2013 Declined 8.6 Percent” with Faber and Evangehlo’s articles, all three articles ascribed the fall of personal computer shipments and sales throughout 2013 as the
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