If we were talking about anything else, then such news would probably raise more than a few eyebrows. But then again, we are talking about Windows 8.1, the upcoming operating system from Microsoft.

The software titan is all set to debut its new OS, and expects to see several new devices powered by the platform to hit store shelves by the time Windows 8.1 hits general availability. In other words, once again, a new version of Windows is expected to boost the sales of PC hardware, just like Windows 8.

But the thing is that according to some analysts, the upcoming operating system is also fueling the decline of the PC industry, at least right now.

Gartner has done some digging into this, and found that PC shipments in Western Europe came in at around 10.9 million units in the second quarter of 2013 — translating into the sharpest of drops of 19.8 percent when compared with the same period last year.

And it is becoming clear that many hardware vendors are actually waiting for Windows 8.1 to hit the market before releasing new products.

Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner noted:

“The market exit of the netbook PC, and vendors reducing their inventory to get the new Intel chips and Windows 8.1 have fuelled the decline in Western Europe.”

The analyst capped it off by stating the obvious:

“We can expect some attractive new PCs in the stores for the fourth quarter of 2013, running Windows 8.1 with thinner form factors and longer battery life enabled by Intel’s Haswell processors.”

Nevertheless, it seems that good times are just around the corner, or at the very least better times than what the PC industry is currently going through.

Windows 8.1 is on track to hit RTM status sometime this month, while Microsoft is widely expected to announce general availability of its new operating system a few weeks after that.

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  • Mike Greenway

    Gartner has done a 180 on this just recently, First it was definitely Win8 that was slowing PC sales, 3 months later it was defiantly not Win8 that was at fault.
    The head line says “…The Decline of the PC Industry”, while the post say there is a temporary lull in sales, It kind of like the old Bate and Switch.

    • Ray C

      I noticed the same thing. Another couple articles were blaming WIndows 8, but now some are saying it’s only playing a part. I think they are partially accurate. One said that people waiting on 8.1 devices instead of buying 8 and upgrading made the decline a little sharper in the last quarter. I think there is some truth to that. But these people who claim Windows 8 usage went up because people were testing 8.1 but leveled off because they realized they still don’t like 8 is just BS. I think that is more likely is that more people are getting used to 8 than when it first came out and some people are just waiting for 8.1 devices. I’m not saying 8.1 will make WIndows 8 hit 20%, but the growth should speed up a little bit.

      • http://www.learnabouttheweb.com/ Onuora Amobi

        What? You guys dont trust everything that comes from Gartner?


        • Rodney Longoria

          Hah! You’re a funny man, Onuora! If you believe Gartner, then you might be interested in some ocean-front property that I own here in Arizona.


  • Rodney Longoria

    This is akin to stating that President Obama was at fault for our declining economy though it was already tanked prior to him taking office. Just sayin’…

    It’s interesting that only Lenovo did well, and I can bet that HP won’t let that stand for too long. Also, what — no figures on Chrome or Apple sales?

    • Mike Greenway

      That is one of the reasons Gartner did a 180, they couldn’t explain how windows 8 was responsible for falling mac sales 🙂