According to a recent IDC report, the fall in PC shipments will continue in 2015 at a rate of 6.2%. Tablets will also join the decline, with shipments dropping 3.8% this year. VP of IDC’s Worldwide PC Trackers Loren Loverde said, “We see PC shipments stabilizing in 2016, followed by limited growth for the next few years.” On the tablet side, larger screens are increasingly important to consumers. IDC’s Research Director for Tablets, Jean Philippe Bouchard, said “A transition around size of the displays has also begun to take its course, with the share of small-screen tablets expected to drop from 64% of the market in 2014 to 58% in 2015, and declining to just under 50% by 2019.”
Judging from IDC’s forecasts, the emergence of Windows 10 is unlikely yield any drastic change in the market directions of recent years, particularly for PCs—at least for 2015. The move toward larger-screen tablets is unsurprising in some ways, as smaller screens tend to limit utility (particularly when performing any kind of productivity task). The trend toward mobile devices, although slowing, is still ongoing.
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