New figures from IT research and advisory firm Gartner indicate that growth in shipments of desktop computers was flat in the second quarter of 2012.
They reached a total of 87.5 million units, which is a decline of 0.1 per cent on the first three months of the year.
Principal analyst at Gartner Mikako Kitagawa underlined the fact that this is the seventh consecutive quarter of flat to single-digit growth.
She explained that customers: "Are less interested in spending on PCs as there are other technology product and services, such as the latest smartphones and media tablets that they are purchasing."
Indeed, technical director at hosting specialist UKFast.co.uk Neil Lathwood recently asserted that the future of workplace computing is with virtual desktops.
Ms Kitagawa added that a large portion of research and development spending on the part of manufacturers is now focused on Ultrabooks - which have really taken off since the launch of IvyBridge.