Narrative: The Decline of PCs

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    Narrative: The Decline of PCs (Jan 28, 2017)

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    Gartner Says PC Shipments Declined 4.3% in Q2, 11th Straight Drop, Hit 2007 Levels (Jul 12, 2017)

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    Microsoft Announces Some ARM PC Partners But Downplays the ARM Element (May 31, 2017)

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    IDC Adjusts Forecast PC and Tablet Growth Downward (May 26, 2017)

    IDC has adjusted its combined PC and tablet forecast downwards by several percent, with the overall picture one of shrinkage through next year followed by modest growth from 2019 to 2021. Within that broad category, desktops and standalone tablets are forecast to decline strongly, while laptops will grow slightly and “detachable” tablets (those made to be used with keyboards) will grow the fastest. IDC says it’s revising its forecast downward because those detachables aren’t growing as fast as it had thought. It’s also worth noting that any growth that exists right now in the market is entirely in the commercial market, while the consumer PC market (even including tablets) continues to shrink). It’s also worth noting that even in 2021, IDC forecasts that those detachable tablets will only be 11% of the total market. We’re continuing to see a diversification of the PC market across these various categories as both vendors and consumers try to figure out which combinations of tablet and laptop form factors and features work best, with much of the action so far at the premium end of the market. Things could get interesting (and move off IDC’s forecast trajectory) if we start to see some meaningful competition in that detachable space from vendors targeting the mid market, but there’s little sign of that happening yet.

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    ★ Lenovo Reports March Quarter Earnings (May 25, 2017)

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    Apple Reportedly Updating MacBook Line at WWDC (May 16, 2017)

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    Google’s Education Strategy Profiled in New York Times (May 15, 2017)

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    Microsoft Announces Details Around Windows 10 on ARM (May 12, 2017)

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    IDC Says Q1 Tablet Shipments Were Down 8.5% Year on Year (May 5, 2017)

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    ★ Microsoft Introduces Windows 10 S, a Streamlined (and “Soulful”) Version of Windows (May 2, 2017)

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