UK PC suppliers pray for Windows 8 -

PC suppliers in the UK are praying for Microsoft's Windows 8 to arrive sooner rather than later.

The latest figures are showing that PC sales in the UK are falling fast. This is partly due to economic woes and partly because no one wants to buy a PC if they will have to upgrade at the end of the year.

According to Gartner, UK PC sales dropped 20 percent in the final quarter of 2011, with only Apple and Lenovo increasing sales. Last year, UK PC sales dropped 15.9 percent, or 2 million units.

The market seems to be contracting so much that while Apple's sales are not growing by much, they are now sitting at 10 percent of the market, up from just four percent a few years ago.

But other brands really suffered. Acer lost nearly half of its market, while HP nearly 16 percent, and Dell nine percent. Only Lenovo increased by 14 percent.

Part of the problem is that netbook sales have collapsed and this has held up unit sales since 2009. This may not be a bad thing. They did take sales from more profitable laptops.

Meanwhile, the industry is waiting for Intel's pricier Ultrabook portables to make an impact, but we do not expect this to happen until Ivy Bridge arrives -which should also coincide with Windows 8.

It seems that the channel, then, is holding its breath until that is happening. It could be a long 2012 as suppliers hope that it will be the old Wintel alliance that will bail it out.