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Submitted by Vames 712d ago | news

Windows 8 Sales Well Below Projections, Plenty of Blame to Go Around

Win Super Lite: Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing. But here’s the catch: The software giant blames the slow start on lackluster PC maker designs and availability, further justifying its new Surface strategy. But Windows 8’s market acceptance can be blamed on many factors. (PC, PC hardware, Software, Web, Windows 8)

Software_Lover  +   712d ago
Man, you just have to love these dramatic paragraphs. After reading one you would swear any company was going bankrupt.
Yi-Long  +   711d ago
Oh, I'm sure MS will survive...
... but I for one am absolutely not interested in getting Windows 8.

I know you can do some crap to 'fix' the thing back to a normal 'desktop' environment, but I would rather just have Windows 7.

Which is annoying, cause I'm looking to buy a new laptop and I was browsing the adverts this afternoon, and all the new laptops are now being sold with Windows 8 pre-installed, which means they're not an option for me, unless there's a way I can just get Windows 7 instead.
kingPoS  +   712d ago
Some sites tend to overblow things.

I just wish MS would have the new start menu as an option, not the end all.

People like options, take that away and your likely to breed resentment.
gamernova  +   712d ago
I have windows 8 and I love it! The start button is essentially the new start menu. I have to say though, windows 8 is more for the advanced users.
Axecution  +   711d ago
I agreed because i am enjoying Windows 8. But "windows 8 is more for the advanced users" is totally not true.
This thing is over-simplified beyond belief.
SilentNegotiator  +   711d ago
Whaaaaat? You mean those commercials where they were throwing around tablets and clicking keyboards on and off and on and off and the other with the little girl "painting" with an app didn't convince people to run out and get Windows 8? And the informed weren't ecstatic about the same performance or the tablet-focus?

Oh man....I would be blown away if this report turned out to be true.
NateCole  +   711d ago
Windows 8 is tied mostly to the PC market which has been in decline for some time. This should not surprise anyone.

Mobile/Internet is the future. Until MS takes it seriously they will not do much.
Bolts  +   711d ago
I would buy a good Windows 8 laptop/tablet convertible in a second. Problem is I'm still waiting for someone to make one that doesn't suck.
aiBreeze  +   711d ago
Microsoft took a huge gamble with how they are promoting this OS. Windows 7 was an easy purchase for me however the pictures promoting that tablet like desktop if you can even call it a desktop anymore, has completely put me off. I say this purely as a techie who took one look at that Windows 8 picture everyone keeps seeing and stopped caring or even wanting to know more.

From the sounds of it, Windows 8 is actually very good at least from opinions I've read but really, even if I was buying a tablet, I wouldn't want that ugly ui let alone on my main PC. I did read somewhere you can revert back to the normal desktop though however not 100% sure.
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FordGTGuy  +   711d ago
You call yourself a techie and make a comment like that?

You are by far not a techie if you don't even realize that the new UI is actually just the new Start Menu and the desktop is still there and even better than it was on Windows 7.
aiBreeze  +   711d ago
Well I guess more of a former techie these days. My point being though is that new start menu looks horrible and seeing how it's the picture most associated with Windows 8, I presumed it was the desktop. Sadly I was so put off by the picture I had my interest what so ever finding out any more info.
FordGTGuy  +   710d ago
So what you're saying is that you judge books by their cover and care not about if they are actually good or not. That's a great philosophy to go through life with.
dkgshiz  +   711d ago
Gabe Newells statement about Windows 8 not being successful might hold some truth. I just don't see the need to have the tablet environment on the home computer.
FordGTGuy  +   711d ago
Windows 8 is already successful based on sales known, Gabe Newell is one to talk his company has made some very strange decisions and are still taking their sweet time releasing games their community have been yelling for for almost a decade.
pandehz  +   711d ago
Support pc games on win 8.
Release Halo 3,reach,odst and 4 for win 8
More first party support for win 8

and MS will own the home computing industry.

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