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Win 8 Tablets Won't Save Declining PC Sales

When Windows 8 ships, which is right around the corner (right when the leaves start to fall in my neck of the woods here in New England), there will be a whole new style of PC-based tablets coming along for the ride. These little beauties will blend the convenience of the iPad with the workman-like abilities of a full laptop. I can play and keep the boss happy at the same time. They should sell like hot cakes at a church fair.

But while IDC expects good sales, the research house doesn't expect them to reverse an overall slump in the worldwide PC market. Over the next three years, the market will grow on average just over 7 percent each year. That's not much compared to historical rates, but actually better than rates during our recent recession -- last year sales fell 1.4 percent. Ouch.

In my mind, there just hasn't been that much revolutionary going on in the PC hardware space, we are near saturation (my house has a half dozen machines), virtualization is driving thin clients and the younger generation does more and more with smartphones. Oh, and did I mention the iPad?

And there's nothing wrong with forcing the Dells and HPs of the world to give us a reason to buy a new PC, now is there?

How many PCs do you have and what would compel you to buy a new one? Let us know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/29/2012 at 1:19 PM


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