Cannibalization of PCs by tablets is real. Even Apple experienced a 7.5 % decline in its US PC shipments. Many PC makers were hoping that Microsoft Windows 8 would spur PC sales. Unfortunately, consumer confusion about whether Windows 8 is for tablets or PCs and no clear benefits to upgrade really hurt PC sales. Double digit decline in PC shipments is a sign that mainstream users are increasingly using their mobile tablets or smart phones for their computing needs.
- Microsoft Windows 8 doing more harm than good to PC sales (ibnlive.in.com)
- Personal computer shipments shrink 14% in worst-ever decline (business.financialpost.com)
- Tablet shipments grow 124 percent in first quarter (lenovo.com)
- PC sales hit by biggest decline in 20 years as tablet takes over (independent.co.uk)