Just like Gabe Newell predicted, a research has confirmed that Windows 8 has been the reason for quarterly decline in PC shipments.
The report was published by IDC, and they claim that the market declined by 13.9% year-on-year. The operating system has had a shaky launch with negative perception among public and the attempt to alienate the desktop market with focus on tablets was found out to be the main cause for discontent.
It is said to be the biggest quarterly drop since 1994, and it seems Microsoft have some serious problem on their hands. Earlier they blamed the PC OEMs for not making enough tablet devices as per their specification to take advantage of the OS.
“At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market,” Vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC Bob O’Donnell wrote in a statement.
“While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices.
“Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.”
It kind of looks like they can only fix this situation with aggressive moves and maybe with some sort of price reduction to encourage adoption among public.