It's been a rough year for IT companies with a stake in the PC business and the prospects are dim that things will turn around any time soon.
Market researcher IDC said this week that worldwide PC shipments for 2013 will decline 10.1 percent, the "most severe" yearly decline ever. IDC also anticipates a further 3.8 percent decline in 2014. Altogether IDC expects annual worldwide PC shipments to bottom out around 300 million units -- barely ahead of 2008 volumes.
Despite the Debbie-Downer numbers, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and Dell CEO Michael Dell, in interviews with CRN, remained bullish on PC sales and remain steadfast that the PC market is far from dead.