What’s Killing the PC?

If you’ve been following the news lately, you’d think it was the beginning of the end for the Personal Computer industry.

Sales of PCs in the first quarter of 2013, regardless of manufacturer and operating system platform, are the worst since an all-time low in the second quarter of 2009. A recent study (see chart) shows that sales are down 14 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012.

This is not just bad news, it’s awful news for no matter who you are, whether you produce PC software and operating systems, or PCs and PC components themselves.

However, some PC manufacturers such as Lenova, have found success in the post-PC era by innovating: the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch is a high-end, touchscreen Windows 8 Ultrabook which combines the portability of a tablet with the power of a full PC.

What’s causing this decline in PC sales? Increasing adoption of inexpensive mobile devices? Cheap, efficient cloud-based software? Comments are welcome below: