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IDC: Grim Outlook For PCs Not Helped By Free Windows Upgrade

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The prolonged slump of PC shipments will get worse, despite falling sales of both tablets and smartphones

Analyst house IDC has warned PC shipments will continue to fall, as political uncertainty, currency weakness and depressed commodity prices all take their toll.

The forecast makes for grim reading for PC makers, already battered by years of falling sales and tough competition.

It seems that falling growth rates for phones and tablets, which could help ease the pressure on the PC market, has not translated into stronger PC shipments.

IDC blames financial pressures on customers, coupled with the availability of alternatives for computer users.

IDC says that prices and specs for this form factor increasingly compare favourably against notebook PCs.

Last month Microsoft backtracked after it was accused of tricking customers into upgrading to Windows 10.

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