Wintel Contracts Sharply – IDC

“Worldwide PC shipments totaled 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013 (1Q13), down -13.9% compared to the same quarter in 2012 and worse than the forecast decline of -7.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The extent of the year-on-year contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994. The results also marked the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.”

see PC Shipments Post the Steepest Decline Ever in a Single Quarter

OEMs and retailers by now must acknowledge that only an insane person keeps on doing the same old thing and expecting a different outcome. It’s time to do more than question using Wintel as the default for personal computing. Clearly, consumers and businesses no longer buy into that thesis. It’s time to look at GNU/Linux seriously as a lower-cost and higher-performing OS for everyone. ISVs must realize that to be independent of Wintel’s fortune, they must port applications to GNU/Linux on both servers and clients.

I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for everything you used to do with Wintel. You can run it on ARM, x86/amd64, small, large, cheap and expensive computers. OEMs and retailers should quite “recommending” that other OS to consumers who don’t want it. They are sick of that.

NB MSFT was up 2.26% during trading hours but lost it all on the news and OEMs were down even more.

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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One Response to Wintel Contracts Sharply – IDC

  1. Mats Hagglund says:

    Acer ja HP really collapsed. What surprised me a little bit was that Dell wasn’t even near the biggest loser.

    I just wonder is there any figures about sale of ChromeBooks? Amazon and some others are selling these devices pretty well indeed but globally the sale figures might still be low – less than half million?

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