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IDC: Paradigm Shift Underway as Tablet Sales Skyrocket, PC Purchases Plummet

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The International Data Corporation (IDC) on Tuesday announced that tablet shipments will increase 58.7% year-over-year in 2013 to 229.3 million units, up from 144.5 million units last year.

In contrast, IDC revised its forecast downward for PC sales in 2013, from a 1.3% decline in sales to a 7.8% drop. Shipment volume will decrease to 321 million in 2013, below the 349 million shipped in 2012 and a peak of more than 363 million shipped in 2011.

IDC estimates that tablet shipments will outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined) by 2015.

The driver of this change is the growing influence of mobility in the daily life of technology users, IDC said.

"What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor," said Ryan Reith, Program Manager for IDC's Mobility Trackers.

The trend has led to the rise of BYOD, the research and analysis firm said.

"In addition, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon has moved from smartphones to tablets and PCs with nearly 25% of employees in organizations larger than 10 people claiming to have purchased the primary PC they use for work," said Bob O'Donnell, Program Vice President, Clients and Displays. "This means that some of the corporate PC purchases we expected this year will no longer happen."

ShoreTel has recognized this shift and offers a portfolio of mobility solutions to make it easy for workers to embrace BYOD.

And to support users who want to bring their favorite devices to work and to collaborate more easily, ShoreTel earlier this year released ShoreTel Mobility and ShoreTel Conferencing for the iPad and iPhone as well as ShoreTel Dock to transform the iPhone and iPad into a desk phone.