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