Amazon’s Kindle Fire dips back below 4% market share

Maybe the Kindle Fire really is the “fruitcake of tablets.” Worldwide market share for Amazon’s family of tablets dropped to 3.7 percent in the first quarter, according to new data from the IDC research firm, which says the Kindle Fire was the “victim of a highly seasonal product cycle.” In other words, lots of people are… Read More


Key analysts downgrade Microsoft stock as traditional PC market struggles

Two influential analysts downgraded Microsoft’s shares this morning, another blow to the Redmond company as it struggles to gain traction in smartphones and tablets, and feels the impact of slumping computer shipments. Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini downgraded Microsoft to “sell” from her previous rating of “neutral.” Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, meanwhile, downgraded the shares… Read More


Largely irrelevant? Here’s what IDC says on Windows 8

A line about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 from an IDC report is getting lots of attention this week for predicting that the upcoming operating system will be “largely irrelevant” to users of traditional PCs. There’s always a risk with these things that the full context of the quote can get lost in translation, so we went… Read More


Revenge of the iPad? PC market tanks in first quarter

New numbers this afternoon from the IDC research firm show worldwide PC shipments falling 3.2% during the first quarter — the first year-over-year quarterly decline since the end of the Great Recession. The firm had previously expected 1.5% growth in the worldwide market. The picture was even worse in the U.S., where shipments were down… Read More