PCs Stabilize, Tablets are Slowing Down. What Gives?

Microsoft shareholders look over Surface tablets on display before the annual shareholder meeting on Nov. 19, 2013, in Bellevue, Wash. (Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP)
Microsoft shareholders look over Surface tablets on display before the annual shareholder meeting on Nov. 19, 2013, in Bellevue, Wash. (Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP)
Microsoft shareholders look over Surface tablets on display before the annual shareholder meeting on Nov. 19, 2013, in Bellevue, Wash. (Elaine Thompson, AP)

(USA Today) SAN FRANCISCO — The PC industry just had its best quarter since 2012. Tablet sales are cooling off.

What in the name of desktop PCs, AOL and MySpace gives?

An improving economy, the demise of Windows XP and the evolution of the computing masses conspired to alter the PC and tablet markets. But change could be temporary — a mere blip in the fading fortunes of personal computer sales, industry analysts say.

Shipments of personal computers worldwide were 74.4 million in the second quarter, a decline of 1.7% from the year-ago quarter, market researcher IDC said last week. The drop, however, was the lowest since tablet sales surged in 2012.

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