Windows 8 Destroyed PC Sales

Nick Farrell | | April 11, 2013

Biggest decline in 20 years

PC sales fell 14 percent in the first three months of the year in what is the biggest decline in two decades.

Beancounters at IDC have blamed the fact that users are avoiding Microsoft's Windows 8.

Total worldwide PC sales fell 14 percent to 76.3 million units in the first quarter, IDC said exceeding its forecast of a 7.7 per cent drop. It was the fourth consecutive quarter of declines.

It is also the lowest level since the middle of 2009, according to competing beancounters at Gartner, which published its own figures showing an 11 percent decline.