Today's leading tablets have taken a clear and devastating bite out of PC sales for the last few years. With regard to 2013, that trend is expected to continue.
According to new industry forecasts published on Monday, global PC growth may be limited to just 2% this year, mostly due to the explosion in iPad adoption. The paltry gains expected can, to a degree, be attributed to interest in Windows 8. But the operating system won't be sufficient to stop the overall bleeding caused by the mobile revolution.
Microsoft‘s recent debut of Windows 8 will spur a PC upgrade cycle, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu writes in a research note this morning, but he cautions that the cycle will be “more muted than many think.”