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CEO Steve Ballmer has already said that Microsoft sold 4 million Windows 8 upgrades in the first weekend after its debut, but it seems like sales of the new OS aren’t going exactly as expected.
Citing an insider, Paul Thurrott of Winsupersite.com writes
that Windows 8 is already considered a disappointing product in the Redmond campus when it comes to sales.
Microsoft is yet to release any official sales figures, but executives have
already released optimistic sales projections, hinting that the company expects to ship millions of copies before year-end.
What’s more interesting, however, is that Microsoft blames PC makers for Windows 8’s disappointing sales performance, claiming that end users don’t have enough choices to buy Windows 8 devices.
The number of computers, laptops and tablets running Windows 8 is still small at this point, but several companies have already confirmed their plans to release such products in the near future.
This is actually another reason for Microsoft’s intentions to continue efforts in the hardware industry. By developing its own PC and devices, Microsoft would only have to rely on its own products when launching new software, but would also hurt sales
of many other players in the hardware sector.
In addition, these disappointing yet unknown sales figures also bring Steven Sinofsky back in the spotlight. It’s not yet clear whether Sinofsky has left the company because of the slow Windows 8 sales, but more and more signs are suggesting that this was actually one of the reasons for the upper management shift within Microsoft.
Of course, critics could mention many reasons for Windows 8’s failure to impress, including the major changes in the GUI and the other often-considered “confusing” elements, but it remains to be seen what the impact of all these changes is over the average end user.
Microsoft is yet to comment on the matter, but we’ve contacted the Redmondians, so we’ll get back to you when we receive an answer.
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|Comment #1 by: pluizebol on 17 Nov 2012, 11:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
If only they wouldn't have ruined the desktop interface in Windows 8 :
-No more start menu
-No more start button
-No more aero
-No more chrome (a flat and dull interfece instead)
-No more eye candy that people like
|Comment #2 by: blue_ray on 17 Nov 2012, 13:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think Microsoft must blame the behavior of resistance of change more than pc makers.
|Comment #2.1 by: Zweihander on 17 Nov 2012, 14:59 GMT|
Totally agree with you.
|Comment #2.2 by: Mike on 20 Jan 2013, 17:31 GMT|
I think the people's resistance to change is a healthy thing and a thing that is lacking in our society. We accept change to easily and this gives rulers and companies the mandate to change even more for the worst.
People generally don't resist improvement!
They resist change for the sake of change, and you can't blame them for being reluctant to run to the store and fill another bunch of rich fat cat's pockets.
If companies were truly interested in making a good product for consumers instead of just being in it for the money, they would focus on improving instead of changing.
Improving is the best way to change. You can't argue with that.
You keep what works, you keep what people like, you add what people want and improve what they complain about. That's the sure way to a lasting customer base and continuing revenue.
Some techie made a complete list of working good stuff that was ripped out of W7 on the way to W8.
If you google a bit you might find it. The list is three pages long.
W8 is faster on the same hardware, that's true but that's the only positive thing I personally can say for it and I have been using it extensively. I'll use the tiny bit slower and more resource using W7 until something comes along that improves it.
I for one hate change if it worsens more than it improves.
Arrogance comes for the fall. Microsoft's fall is long overdue.
The "change" we really need will come from open source in the future.
|Comment #3 by: Cyclops on 17 Nov 2012, 16:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
CEO Steve Ballmer is deeply out of touch with the realities of the PC industry,if he believes what he is saying.
The fact is, hardware & software depend on each other for their respective success.
It's the FAILURE of W8,along with the austerity regime in the west,coupled to the inflated price of PC hardware,which is currently having severe effects on the industry,of which,we are only at the beginning of massive change & consequences.
Take Intel for example,we know that,like Microsoft,they are moving away from the driving force of computing advances(the gaming-enthusiast),to the mobile-tablet devices market.
It matters,because,if the software\hardware sectors stagnate from a policy of restricting the market,so too will the sales in both.
Yes,for small devices,much progress has come about,but,ONLY,because of the demands of the gaming\enthusiast,who,demand smaller,faster,cheaper & better combinations for performance.
Ignore them at YOUR peril,because,until the period of stagnation has reaped many casualties in the industry,ONLY a leapfrog in technical advances at the gaming\enthusiast
level,will secure the industries future.
Give us a complete system on chip,with the performance of the best of today's extreme gaming machines,at an economical price,or be content with a diminishing,extremely competitive tablet sized market,where no one will survive.
|Comment #3.1 by: stretcherbearer on 19 Nov 2012, 06:46 GMT|
I havn't tried 6 yet, partly because I have doubts that it will even be compatible with my hardware. Some how about a month ago, using win 7 64, I lost my MIDI Input drivers. went to the forum, found similar issues from as far back as 2010, and no word, no suggestion nothing from anyone from MS, Honestly I was beginning to like the performance and the Seeming Stability of 7, but as a musician, no midi input from controllers, keyboards is at least a 1/3 deprcation in the point of using a PC. As A musician, I am Broke most of the time, so I have to rely on equipment that lasts, hardware and software. I can't go out and buy the newest of the new, I can't afford and don't want apple, so here I am back at XP Pro, and no hassles...eventually I'll have to get a new machine, I just hope to god I'm not forced into something designed for whatever people do with touch screen stuff, which i've found totally irrelevent to my needs, and that Getting a desktop/laptop isn't going to become prohibitivly costly and have no usable functions for the content creator, So I would add, that Musicians, film, and Broadcast people (Independant) should be considered along with the high performance gamer/enthusiast, as a possible group you might want to contact as well..
|Comment #4 by: Cyclops on 17 Nov 2012, 16:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
You can be sure,that when they get back to you,it be with a BSOD.
|Comment #5 by: EuroScept1C on 17 Nov 2012, 23:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
They totally forgot their normal PC user base...
They could let all metro-related crap out, they could implement true imrpovements on DX11.1 ( many suggestions by game-devs to improve the situation for all ), they could improve and expand Media Player's formats and other nice improvements... but instead, we got a half-baked, messy tablet/desktop hybrid.
Vista fiasco all over again, but this time will be worse.
|Comment #6 by: bobad on 18 Nov 2012, 16:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Win 8 is disappointing because it is not better, not because of MS' partners.
|Comment #7 by: MtroMetro on 18 Nov 2012, 18:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
We all know how this workds.
One bad / One good - wait for W9
|Comment #8 by: LinuxRule on 18 Nov 2012, 20:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Ballmer is doomed just like his 'Widows8' crapOS. Arrogance, refusing to recognize mistakes, and ignoring advises. The 3 most basic leadership failure-indicators.
|Comment #9 by: comconnect on 19 Nov 2012, 02:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
just wishing that windows 8 was made for all devices and that means everything can be run on old and new devices.for goodness sakes! not everybody have a machine that can run this OS. and one other thing it is so stupid to port a handheld OS to pc.
|Comment #10 by: JohnSheridan on 19 Nov 2012, 13:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Two reasons why people arn't buying new devices with W8 on.
1) They have no spare cash - worldwide recession!
2) W8 is sh*t on laptops/desktops.
|Comment #11 by: dmbeard on 21 Nov 2012, 13:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Hey Microsoft, has it occured to you that maybe the reason for the poor sales is not the OEM's. Maybe it's because you totally missed the boat on Windows 8. You need to keep something in mind, any Windows OS is good because we as customers say it is. NOT because you deem it to be. Stop telling us what we want and start listening to us telling you!!!
|Comment #12 by: Talcon on 23 Nov 2012, 17:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I don't get it, why not just use a Linux and forget this win8 OS?
Anyhow, withing 1-2 years, because of the Apple/Google revolution and the wonderful work done making Linux more user friendly, everything will be designed/re-designed for Linux. As a 15 years Linux user, (and as a small business owner) I can feel that change already happening. Today, I (my business) only left with one software running on my windows machine that still didn't build a Linux version. Guess what, they are working on it and so are their competitors.
My friends (also business owners) are all changing/changed for Linux (also servers).
MS brought a new system that I still can't understand what it is good for...
Mr. Ballmer, let me give you an advise: The best thing that MS can do right now is to purchase a good Linux distro and divert MS R&D to deal with the new world. I think that you need to do that TODAY!! before you'll become the next RIM/Nokia. Let your customers a good fast and safe system that fits the new world.
Any try to re-invent Windows or compete with Google/Apple/Linux with any new Windows system is serious a mistake.
Mr. Ballmer, even if you think that Win8 is a great OS or even if it is a good OS you have to figure that the world is changing, technology changes and people are LOOKING for a change.
|Comment #13 by: Mikael on 23 Nov 2012, 21:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I now have 2 PC:s with Win8. Too early to say much about stability.
It is fairly nice and snappy on my system (so far). So in that regard it is a plus. With all this pre-testing this is what I would expect from them.
The UI is far from good on a mouse and keyboard system. I use the "desktop" and avoid the "modern" touch optimized interface as much as possible. After all, I'm using a REAL COMPUTER, a big black tower, with a 27 inch screen, not a lame 10.1 inch tablet with nowhere near the storage nor the raw cpu and gpu power that my PC has. I can hardly cope with laptops... I only need my Note 2 (the phone) for portability.
People like me simply just don't disappear or stop wanting a real computer. Have MS shown us the finger or do they really think this is what "everyone" wants?
I want a computer that I can upgrade and repair myself. Laptops really suck at that point, but it is still possible to some extent...Tablets...well, for the major part of people you can just forget about doing absolutely ANYTHING with them.
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