Based on a recent report published by the Escapist, PC sales have registered a record drop in 2013 and the main culprit is believed to be Microsoft’s Windows 8. The study performed by the market research firm IDC shows that there was a 14 percent decline in the number of personal computers that were sold in the first quarter of 2013.
Personal computers are no longer as popular as they used to be when they were first introduced on the market. The diminishing sales rates have been noticed by the market research firm IDC after performing a study at the beginning of the year. According to the company, the amount of sold PCs was 14 percent smaller than it used to be in the previous years. IDC further revealed that this is the biggest drop registered by these devices since 1994.
There are many factors that have gradually led to the replacement of personal computers with other gadgets that are now preferred by consumers. The main reason was, however, the introduction of Windows 8, which was described as a complicated operating system by many computer users. The fact that Microsoft is constraining its customers to switch to the eight generation of operating system as also contributed to the decline of the PCs.
The release of highly portable devices, such as, tablets, laptops and notebooks is the second factor that analysts at IDC have identified based on the answers provided by respondents. These gadgets are capable of accomplishing almost all the activities that users normally do with the help of their personal computers. They have enough power and memory capacity to store a large number of files and they are much more functional due to the fact that they were designed to be easily carried around. Personal computers are currently used to render media content and/or play video games, which explains the drastic decline they have registered in the past year.