According to many sources, including an article in last week’s Wall Street Journal, sales of personal computers, both desktops and laptops, fell nearly 14% during the first quarter of this year. Hardest hit by declining sales were Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. This is the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines in shipments for personal computers, Here are some of the reasons for the decline:
1. Consumers are migrating towards tablets which is having an impact on the sales of smaller laptops.
2. In this tight economy, consumers are holding on to their equipment longer.
3. The introduction of Microsoft’s Windows 8, which consumers have found confusing, has been a disappointment.
4. The new mobile world has resulted in consumers spending money on smartphones (Apple’s iPhones, Google’s Android, Rim’s Blackberry) and tablet’s (Apple’s iPad, etc.)
Gartner, a leading research firm, reports that “Traditional PC Market Predicted to Decline 7.6 Percent as Change in Consumers’ Behavior Drives Transition to Tablets and Ultramobiles”.
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Over 700 million smartphones (Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android, RIM’s Blackberry, etc.) were shipped globally in 2012, according to Strategy Analytics. In an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, major companies, such as Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon are all competing for a share of the global market. If you already own a smartphone or tablet (Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy, Microsoft’s Surface, etc.), you are probably familiar with the world of apps, which is an abbreviation for application, a piece of software which is run on your phone and tablet.
How important is it for you to be a true “road warrior?” Well, the same article reveals that sales of smartphones were nearly double that of the traditional PC last year. Within the next two years, more people will be accessing the Internet through a mobile device than a computer.
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