Some ominous trends in PC sales
The big two PC research firms both said first quarter PC sales were awful. Gartner and IDC had predicted it would be a slow quarter and it turned out to be worse.
Events in Japan and the Middle East were factors, as were the economic situation and Apple's iPad. But mostly people are doing fine with the PCs they have and aren't in a rush to upgrade, apparently.
"While it's tempting to blame the decline completely on the growth of media tablets, we believe other factors, including extended PC lifetimes and the lack of compelling new PC experiences, played equally significant roles,'' Bob O'Donnell, IDC vice president, said in the release.