Research firm: PC sales plunge as Windows 8 flops
Already ailing, the personal computer market appears to be getting weaker.
International Data Corp. says global shipments of PCs fell 14 percent in the first three months this year, the sharpest plunge seen since the research firm started tracking the industry in 1994.
The firm says the appeal of tablets and smartphones is pulling money away from PC sales, but it also blames Microsoft's latest version of Windows, which has a new look and forces users to learn new ways to control their machines.
Microsoft launched Windows 8 on Oct. 26, hoping to revitalize the PC industry and borrow some of the excitement that surrounds tablets. PC shipments were already falling, but the latest report suggests the decline is speeding up.
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