The Wait For Windows 8.1 Affected PC Sales, Says Gartner

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, however, were released one year apart.

But so lopsided was the strategy from hardware makers last year at the time Windows 8 made its debut that the effects of the lackluster showing (in terms of hardware devices) were felt long and wide.

Needless to say, many pinned the new launched Windows 8.1 as a breath of fresh air for the faltering PC industry. As things stand, however, it indirectly had a say in the declining PC market — the wait for the new operating system made the market perform worse.

Research firm Gartner cites the wait and anticipation for Windows 8.1 as one of the reasons for the drop in sales of 28.1 percent in the United Kingdom in the third quarter of 2013. Obviously, the transition to Intel’s Haswell and Bay Trail line of processors is listed as another cause for this performance.

As principal analyst Meike Escherich notes:

“Most PC vendors have shifted their investment from consumer PCs to tablets and hybrid form factors.

The challenge they face is to protect their current PC market positions while competing in an aggressive and fast-moving alternative mobile device market. Without a solid position in the professional PC market, they will find it challenging to defend their positions and invest in non-PC devices.”

Other European markets did not fare that good either. Germany saw a decline of 14.4 percent in PC sales, France had figures of minus 10.4 percent.

All eyes will now be on the next two quarters — the important Holiday shopping season with most of the new hardware devices on the store shelves, and the first quarter of next year, the one before the official retirement of Windows XP.

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