PC market shrinks year-on-year: can Windows 8 save it now?


Quarterly figures from Gartner and IDC show that the PC market contracted on an annual basis, and been flat in sales. Will the arrival of Windows 8 in November revive it?

Can anything save the PC? The industry is giving it all it’s got – ultrabooks, faster chips – but so far, nothing’s working. Shipment growth for PCs has cratered, falling by the largest percentage year-on-year for 11 years as consumers, corporations and PC manufacturers hit the “pause” button ahead of the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 this month, according to new figures.

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