Windows XP Death to Save PC Sales? NOT REALLY
Microsoft has high hopes that after it has ditched Windows XP, former users will flock to Windows 8, thus boosting PC sales, as well. But recent reports seem to pinpoint that this isn’t going to happen.
According to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, global shipments of devices including PCs, tablets, mobile phones and smaller form-factor “ultramobiles” are said to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, up 4.2% from the year before.
The data comes from reputed research firm Gartner who says that PC shipments are set to decline this year, as year, but could see a small increase in 2015.
According to Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal One, business customers are going to upgrade from the Windows XP operating system. The expert predicts around 60 million PC replacements in developed markets.
But compared to global PC sales, this is a really small number. After seeing a steep fall of 9.5% in 2013, the global PC market could fall by only 2.9% this year. Gartner calls it a “relative revival” of the sector.
Global PC shipments are said to grow by only 2.7% to around 317 million units in 2015. However, the traditional PC market, including desktop and notebook PCs is expected to decline by 6.7% this year and 5.3% in 2015.
So, Windows XP’s death can’t save the PC, or, if this hasn’t been an overstated thing, it can’t prevent it from declining. Windows 8 could be a help in this direction, but many are interested in acquiring hybrids and tablets as their new devices.
Gartner also sees tablet sales growing by 23.9% this year to 256 million units and sales of mobile phones are expected to grow 3.1% this year.