PC users moving to tablets, says Gartner

PC users moving to tablets, says Gartner

The benefits of mobile working have been seen and experienced by a whole host of organisations and employees in recent months and the positives to come from the use of tablets in the office is seemingly starting to have an impact on desktop PCs.

New research conducted by IDC and Gartner indicated that worldwide PC shipments totalled 90.3 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012, which represented a 4.9 per cent drop from the same period in 2011.

Analysts at the firms noted that the PC industry's problems when it comes to sales is down to more than just the weak economic conditions currently being experienced around the world.

Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said: "Tablets have dramatically changed the device landscape for PCs, not so much by 'cannibalising' PC sales, but by causing PC users to shift consumption to tablets rather than replacing older PCs."

This is also true to some extent within a business, as firms are investing in new mobile devices, rather than spending money on the replacement of ageing desktops.

"Whereas as once we imagined a world in which individual users would have both a PC and a tablet as personal devices, we increasingly suspect that most individuals will shift consumption activity to a personal tablet, and perform creative and administrative tasks on a shared PC," Ms Kitagawa noted.

The expert added that the transformation to a world where tablets are used more often in the workplace has been due to the availability of low-cost devices. Many companies are reporting that more workers returned to the office after the Christmas break with a mobile handset that they would like to use.

"In the fourth quarter of 2012, mobile PC shipments decreased 11 per cent while desktop PC shipments declined 6 per cent year-on-year," said Isabelle Durand, principal research analyst at Gartner.

"However, all-in-one form factor models from Asus, Lenovo and HP look like a promising platform for the future."