By Ian Bush

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The PC looks to be nearing the end of its road, if recent sales figures are to be believed.

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Shipments of new computers have taken their sharpest-ever plunge.

In part, it’s Windows 8.

“The operating system and its learning curve, just a big change for consumers,” says Doug Paradis with the tech management firm Anexinet in Blue Bell.

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He says Microsoft gave it an overhaul rather than a makeover, and it hasn’t exactly been a hit.

“But the flip side is I’m talking to you on a Microsoft Surface tablet. That doesn’t count in the PC sales number, but I use it to do everything I do,” says Paradis.

He calls the PC sales decline a ‘natural evolution’ as we shift to what’s ultra-portable but fully functional.

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“There might be one desktop PC in a home that’s sort of a central device and a laptop, a tablet, and something else as the combination of devices that make up someone’s personal use,” Paradis explains.