There was pretty grim news for the PC industry yesterday as research firm IDC reported the worst quarter for the industry on record. It was pretty much carnage for the desktop and laptop PC sector. Even Apple, which had been bucking the trend, is expected to feel the effects. What is particularly interesting is that the research is specifically blaming Windows 8 for contributing to the drop in sales, the complaint being that it is confusing consumers. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft does anything to respond to these figures other than its usual expression of denial that anything is actually wrong.
What I also find fascinating is that many people who criticised the lat Steve Jobs for his comments that we are living in a “post-pc world”, are now begrudgingly coming around to the realisation that he may have been right. It should be noted that these figures are just for the United States too. I suspect the situation in Europe is even worse. The retail market has been undergoing a catastrophic downturn here, with many high profile casualties, and I expect PC resellers aren’t immune either. It’s a difficult time to be in the PC business right now, and I suspect those who make PCs and are feeling the pain are especially furious with Microsoft over Windows 8.