PC Sales Are Dropping and Windows 10 is to Blame
The International Data Corporation (IDC) has recently published a study on the reduced and continuously reducing PC sales in the market and cited a number of reasons for the downfall. Interestingly, Microsoft’s decisions regarding Windows 10 are to be blamed for it – partly.
The study reveals that as opposed to the previously expected recovery period of 2016, the PC sales are going to stay down until 2017 when the effects caused by Microsoft’s decisions will wear off and let the market surge up again.
We all know how Microsoft has, for the first time ever, allowed users to upgrade their existing devices to the latest Windows 10 for free. This has led to a large number of customers retaining their old PCs instead of jumping onto a new one.
It should be kept in mind that Microsoft is boasting 75 million installs of the new OS already.
Since the users are being allowed to continue using Windows 10 for a whole year, it is expected that the sales of new PCs will be stalled until that period is over for the majority of the market.
Microsoft broke the tradition of releasing new Windows in summers also, which would usually give the manufacturers time to get the new operating systems on their new products that would hit the racks in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
However, this was not the only reason cited for the fall of PC sales (the numbers will further decrease by 8.7 percent by the end of this year). IDC understands that channel suppliers have large inventories of previous shipments in hand which is why they are unwilling to buy new ones.