PC shipments in the first quarter 2013, which ended March 31, 2013, have set a record for the worst decline in market history, according to data released by the IDC. Shipments declined by 13.9 percent when compared to the first quarter in 2012. 76.3 million PC's were shipped.
In the US shipments dropped to 14.2 million units. This is the worst first quarter since 2006. PC shipments have declined in nine of the last 10 fiscal quarters, or for nearly two and half straight years.
"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," said vice president of Clients and Displays at IDC Bob O'Donnell 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."
The IDC has said the decline is due to consumers switching to smartphones and tablets. Also the low sales in Windows 8 thus far has hurt the market.
"The PC industry is struggling to identify innovations that differentiate PCs from other products and inspire consumers to buy and instead is meeting significant resistance to changes perceived as cumbersome or costly," read the report.