The number of personal computers worldwide is expected to drop 6 percent this year, according to a study published Tuesday.
Increasing demand for big-screen smartphones means tablet sales could be lower than expected, says research firm IDC.
Microsoft's mobile OS will surge, after a fashion, amid slower growth for the smartphone industry as a whole, predicts research firm IDC.
Apple will hold onto to a "value edge" in 2014, but Android's ecosystem is poised to make big gains, according to IDC.
Apple is still the No. 1 tablet vendor, but its Android counterparts are really the ones pushing market growth, a new study shows.
But analysts warn that their report shouldn't be construed as a comeback for the global PC industry.
The research firm says tablet shipments should remain weak in the current quarter but pick up in the last three months of the year.
The uptake of Windows 8 is hampered by a completely saturated U.S. PC market and corporate upgrades to Windows 7, says author of IDC study.
The marketing researcher also predicts that this year tablet shipments will jump nearly 60 percent -- and top the number of laptop shipments.
Microsoft doesn't have a workable tablet strategy yet, an IDC analyst tells CNET.