Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt expressed surprise that businesses have moved so quickly to adopt tablets and said the paradigm shift is hastening the demise of the traditional enterprise software sales model pioneered by companies like Oracle.
Bucking the trend in other parts of the world, Australia and New Zealand experienced a 20 percent sequential drop in tablet shipments, while the two countries saw an 8 percent sequential increase in desktop PC shipments, according to second quarter stats from IDC.
Tablet shipments are expected to increase at a robust 67.9 percent this year to 202 million units, while PC shipments are forecast to drop 10.6 percent this year to 305 million units, according to the latest stats by Gartner.
Worldwide shipments of mobile phones, tablets and PCs are on pace to reach 2.35 billion units in 2013, a 5.9 percent year-over-year increase, and will eclipse the 2.5 billion milestone in 2014, research firm Gartner forecasts.
Sales of tablets are soaring in Australia and New Zealand, increasing 147 percent year-over-year to 1.14 million units in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest stats from IDC.
The Big 4 emerging markets, Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC)--alone will ship more smart connected devices than the developed world combined in 2014, according to IDC estimates.
Tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7 percent year-over-year in 2013 to reach 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units a year ago, according to a new forecast from research firm IDC. At the current rate of growth, tablet shipments are on pace to eclipse those of portable PCs by the end of 2013 and will surpass both desktop and portable PC shipments by 2015.
It pays to dummy proof PCs for your family and friends, according to Brad Chacos of PC World. Speaking from his experience doubling as the unofficial--and probably overworked--one-man tech support crew for family and friends, Chacos offers some advice on how to preempt common PC problems before they happen.
Poor PC sales contributed to a disturbing 25 percent year-over-year decline in Intel's net income in the first quarter of 2013.
With such alarmist headlines and reports, IT managers and executives might think that they should ditch all their existing PCs in favor of tablets and smartphones; or perhaps reallocate their budget to migrate existing business apps for a tablet-only environment future. But such moves would be mistakes.