PC Sales Plunge, Now at a 'Crossroads'

Shipments drop 8%; can Windows 8 change things?

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 10, 2012 6:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bleak new data today shows that the personal-computer business is struggling even more than expected, reports the Wall Street Journal. Shipments fell more than 8% in the third quarter, and projected shipments for the full year are expected to dip for the first time in more than a decade. Part of the quarterly decline can be chalked up to people waiting until Microsoft unveils Windows 8 later this month, but whether the launch can make a real difference is an open question in an age of tablets and smartphones.

"This is definitively a crossroads" for the industry, says an analyst at IDC. "It could be a make or break moment."

A Hewlett Packard laptop at a Best Buy store in Mountain View, Calif., in 2007.
A Hewlett Packard laptop at a Best Buy store in Mountain View, Calif., in 2007.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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