Shipments of personal computers are set to drop even lower before the end of the year, continuing the ongoing trend
for the PC industry as a whole. New figures
released by IDC
predict that overall PC shipments will decline by as much as 7.8 percent in 2013, with it set to go down by a further 1.2 percent in 2014.
The original estimates from the analytics firm saw 2013 receiving a limited decline of 1.3 percent followed by a gradual increase, with the new outlook suggesting a bleaker future. Worldwide shipments of more than 363 million units in 2011 and 349 million in 2012 are estimated to become 321 million this year, and are predicted to be 333 million by 2017.
The lack of upgrading by computer users could be down to general Internet browsing habits, according to Loren Loverde, program vice president of the Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers at IDC. "Many users are realizing that everyday computing, such as accessing the Web, connecting to social media, sending e-mails, as well as using a variety of apps, doesn't require a lot of computing power or local storage," said Loverde, before suggesting that users are "putting a premium" on mobile devices.
The company expects some computer replacements to occur in 2014 after Microsoft halts support for Windows XP
, something that would affect the commercial market more than home users. This will, however, be tempered by the "Bring Your Own Device" trend in some industries, where staff supply their own computers, notebooks, or tablets to work on, instead of relying on company-supplied equipment.