Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have easily become the gadget of choice for the majority of the populous. With their affordable prices and more compact form factors, they have easily conquered the personal computing spectrum. However, this in turn spelled losses for the PC market share as people only needed a simple tool for browsing the Internet and play games that they can also bring while they are on the move. And as years passed, the market for desktops and laptops have greatly declined, and it has seen 2015 as the worst year it has ever had.
According to reports, PC shipments have greatly suffered their biggest market decline last year. GlobalPC shipments amounted to about 276.2 million in 2015, which dented a 10.4 percent plunge from its 308.3 million record in 2014. For the record, this is the first time PC shipments have went below the 300 million mark since 2008.
'The PC market remains competitive and the economic environment weakened further with the recent drop in the Chinese stock market,' IDC Worldwide PC Tracker program vice president Loren Loverde said.
While Microsoft has been bullish in its Windows 10 push, partnering with the biggest names in the PC industry to promote and advertise devices running in the company's operating system, the spectrum still spelled huge losses. However, it's important to note that the market for hybrids or two-in-one tablets has seen a growth spurt. Microsoft's very own line of Surface products is a great example of this.
Apple, on the other hand, saw its PC shipments increase by 6.2 percent, making Cupertino the only company to post an increase over the market share. By now, the company is the fourth biggest PC maker set by market share. However, Chinese multinational tech giant and number one PC maker Lenovo still remains the top spot, holding over 20 percent of the market share. HP comes at second with 19.4 percent market share, and Dell taking the third place.