A recent Dell filing uncovers a slumping PC industry and the need for the company to invest in R&D (research and development). ComputerWeekly.com’s Cliff Saran reports that Dell had an 11% decrease in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the same period last year, in addition to its desktop and mobility business declining by 20%. The bleak performance of the PC industry is mostly to blame and market analysts show similar figures. “IDC’s Global PC Tracker for the fourth quarter of 2012 showed global shipments of desktop and laptop hardware slumped by 6.4 % year on year.” Gartner has predicted that by 2007, only 20% of device spending will be on traditional desktop and notebook PCs, and half will be spent on smartphones.
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