"The PC industry has been declining for years, but it just hit a big milestone. PC shipments have now declined for 5 years in a row, with between 260 and 270 million machines shipped during 2016 according to Gartner and IDC. Both firms' estimates vary due to how they count convertibles and other form factors, but the overall message is that the market has hit five years of decline.
So what happens to the PC market now? While PC shipments briefly returned to growth in the US earlier this year, neither IDC or Gartner are predicting exactly what will happen to the PC industry. Gartner believes the PC market is stagnated and that ‘the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.’ IDC on the other hand thinks the PC market is stabilizing. 'The fourth quarter results reinforce our expectations for market stabilization, and even some recovery,' says IDC’s Loren Loverde. ‘We have a good opportunity for traditional PC growth in commercial markets, while the consumer segment should also improve as it feels less pressure from slowing phone and tablet markets.'"