Windows 8 Should Not Be Blamed For PC Industry Decline, Says Gartner

Well, it took a fair while, but it seems that sense is finally prevailing. After pinning hopes on Microsoft’s newest operating system, the PC industry rushed to criticize Windows 8.

Analysts, market watchers, industry leaders, even hardware vendors were quick to jump the gun.

But analyst firm Gartner announced earlier today that global PC shipments in the second quarter of 2013 recorded a decline of 10.9 percent. And with it, it had a bit of a change of heart.

A principal analyst at Gartner, Mikako Kitagawa is of the view that that Windows 8 should not be blamed for the collapse of the PC industry. The analyst explained that the decline actually started way before the new operating system hit the market — in other words, it’s a complete shift.

Kitagawa noted in a prepared statement:

“While Windows 8 has been blamed by some as the reason for the PC market’s decline, we believe this is unfounded as it does not explain the sustained decline in PC shipments, nor does it explain Apple’s market performance.”

All said and done, while the overall state of affairs is upsetting, it is nevertheless refreshing to see analysts taking into view the bigger picture.

Windows 8 is currently installed on slightly over 5 percent of computers worldwide. Microsoft, however, expects the market share to grow massively in the coming months as it makes final preparations to launch Windows 8.1, the first upgrade to its Windows 8 platform.

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