Individuals shunning PC. So much so that their sales slump in the first quarter 2013. According to two . studies, published by Gartner and IDC offices on April 10, the number of PCs sold worldwide over this period fell below 80 million units. The first time since 2009. This fall marks the fourth consecutive quarter of decline for the sector.

Between million (IDC) and million (according to Gartner) PCs were sold between January and March 2013. A decrease between 11% and 14% compared to last year. Ever, for nearly twenty years, it had been stronger. A phenomenon largely due to the emergence of smartphones and tablets that better respond to the diverse needs of consumers.

Word processing, video player, internet browser, everything is now at hand with these devices, which require little by little in the lives of users. The latter, “change their consumption patterns, focusing on connected devices such as tablets or smartphones at the expense of PCs,” says Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst at Gartner. One reason is the lower cost of these terminals. “There are now shelves quality under two hundred dollars. Suddenly, even in emerging markets where PC penetration is low, people prefer to invest in this type of product,” said Ms. Kitagawa.

Will open up great opportunities for growth for the tablet market is expected to outpace the term of computers, from 197 million units in 2013 to 467,000,000 in 2017. While at the same time, only 271 million PCs will be sold in 2017, against 315 million in 2013.

Forecasts that do not reflect either the disappearance of the PC to run, but a change in its use. “It will not be a personal item, but a device that is shared with family, watching movies or playing games on a large screen, for example,” Ms. Kitagawa said.

The computer has the advantage of a large screen while the tablet has so far only a small diagonal. One of its main limitations. “Some still will emphasize the large size of the screen of a PC for work or play,” says the analyst.

Manufacturers can still be comforted with the PC market for professional, always in a growth phase.


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