Originally Posted by Liranan
It's not just Win 8 that is causing the drop in sales of PC's, it's also a non-existent user base. As ever more people become poor and their livelihood is stolen from them for whatever reason (deindustrialisation of the west and the shift of production to financialisation) the number of people being able to afford a PC drops, thus if they have the money they will spend it on a phone and not a PC.
Mm - I cant agree with that reasoning. In my impression, when people are faced with economic hardship they are more likely to go with a traditional second-hand PC than a smartphone if they need to get a "new" PC bcos previous one gave up the ghost. In west usually people already have some kind of computing device in most households so in the conditions of economic stress they will just use that device as long as they can drag it instead of upgrading. When facing decision about phone then when the money is tight one does not go usually with a smartphone but gets some chap conventional mobile which gets the job done (talking and SMS with occasional photo) as you can get such device for less than 30 EUR nowadays while smartphone prices start from somewhere around 200 EUR.
There is usually some shops selling used PC hardware in most small cities so you can go out and get yourself some old P4 with 1 GB of RAM and CRT display for "almost free" and that what you would get for reading mail and sending out CV's when jobhunting. Or when facing living conditions where mobility is needed (couch surfing) it is usually possible to get some used laptop for half the price of a smartphone.