Thin clients get thinner on the ground

US dollarThe use of thin clients for enterprises in Europe is definitely on the wane, aided and abetted by the strength of the US dollar.

That’s the conclusion of a report from IDC which said that in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), shipments fell by 17.7 percent year on year, amounting to 385,000 units.

IDC said the fal in the Western European thin client market was greater than during the credit crunch and dropped 19.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared to the same quarter last year.

The fragility of economic growth in the Eurozone meant there was little or no incentive for organisations to buy new kit or to upgrade their hardware.

The strength of the US dollar also affected this market.

IDC predicts that in the last quarter of this year, growth in Western EUrope will drop to the single digit level.