PC sales fall as tablets eat market share

PC sales have seen the sharpest decline in nearly 20 years due to the growing dominance of tablets and smartphones, according to a leading tech tracking firm IDC. Sales dropped 14% to 76.3 million worldwide in the first three months of 2013. It is the biggest drop since records on sales started in 1994.

Consumers have been increasingly drawn to to tablets and smartphones, however, the decline has also been attributed to the unpopularity of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 8.

The 14% drop noted by IDC exceeded the 7.7% drop forecast. It was the fourth consecutive quarter of year-on-year declines.

Jay Chou, a senior research analyst at IDC, said: "Users are finding Windows 8 to offer a compromised experience that doesn't excel either as a new mobile interface or in a classic desktop interface. As a result, many users find a decline in the traditional PC experience without gaining much from new features like touch. The result is that many consumers are worried about upgrading to Windows 8, to say nothing of business users who are still just getting into Windows 7."

What's your experience? Does owning a tablet or smartphone mean you switch your PC on less and less? Do you have plans to upgrade your desktop or laptop over the next 12 months? Let us know in the comments below.

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