Don't Blame Microsoft for the PC's Decline

By now, you've probably heard the dire news that PC shipments declined nearly 14% in the first quarter on a year-over-year basis. IDC believes a major culprit to blame is Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows 8 and its lackluster reception with consumers. However, there's more to the story than one company singlehandedly killing the PC. In the video below, Fool contributor Steve Heller and analyst Rex Moore discuss what other factors contributed to the PC's waning popularity with consumers and what PC makers should do about it.

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  • Report this Comment On May 14, 2013, at 8:38 AM, normcf wrote:

    Microsoft is the one that set up the situation where the OEMs could only sell windows and pitted them all against one another. The only way to make any profit is to sell large quantities of cheap crapware laden machines. Microsoft failed to produce a reasonable mobile OS until very late (Q4 2012) and then charged so much for it, and it required so much more storage space, than rivals that the OEMs could not produce competitive devices. Even Surface RT is not really competitive. So if the OEMs failed for microsoft, then one could put the blame back where it belongs.

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