M$’s Monopoly Softens

“Worldwide PC shipments totaled 89.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), down 6.4% compared to the same quarter in 2011 and worse than the forecasted decline of 4.4%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although the quarter marked the beginning of a new stage in the PC industry with the launch of Windows 8, its impact did not quickly change recently sluggish PC demand, and the PC market continued to take a back seat to competing devices and sustained economic woes. As a result, the fourth quarter of 2012 marked the first time in more than five years that the PC market has seen a year-on-year decline during the holiday season.

see Soft PC Shipments in Fourth Quarter Lead to Annual Decline as HP Holds Onto Top Spot, According to IDC.

So, tablets and smartphones are not a flash in the pan. M$’s OEM revenues will take a hit unless M$ raises prices, making their stuff even less competitive. Further, USA, M$-lover supreme, was down to less than 19% of PCs shipped. In 2011 USA was near 22%. M$ and friends are losing their grip on IT.

Morgan Stanley downgraded MSFT to hold:
“This weak PC market will not only hurt Windows 8 sales, they wrote, but also the new version of the Office suite — Office 2013 — which is due to ship this quarter.

In addition, the Morgan Stanley analysts have been unimpressed by the first sales wave of Windows 8, which began shipping in late October.”

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to M$’s Monopoly Softens

  1. Interesting. Guy claims he won a refund and damages from a vendor of Wintel in small claims court. I doubt that sets a legal precedent but it is a recipe others can follow. It would be so cool if every PC could be purchased with or without that other OS according to the wishes of the customer. We would not tolerate a car-seller insisting we could only buy tires of Brand X for our cars. We should not have to buy M$’s stuff with our PCs.

  2. MK says:

    It’s partey! WooHoo! :~)

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