Movable Ink's numbers shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone following the consumer PC industry's woes over the last two years. Overall, PC shipments in the United States declined 3.6 percent in 2013 compared to the year before, according to researcher IDC. But shipments targeting consumer buyers decreased much more than that, said IDC, without offering a number.
"Even the holiday shopping season was unable to inspire a turn in consumer spending," wrote IDC analyst Loren Loverde in a note two weeks ago.
As most analysts and pundits have proclaimed, the shrinking consumer personal computer market is most likely due to users spending more time with smartphones and tablets -- as Movable Ink's data suggested -- and as a result see little reason to upgrade their current PCs or Macs, even very old ones running outdated or nearly-retired operating systems.
Spam, in this case, seems to be telling the truth.
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