Windows 8 “Did Little” to Boost Holiday Sales

Microsoft’s new operating system failed to excite during the holiday season

By on January 5th, 2013 06:57 GMT

Even though Microsoft has decided not to talk on Windows 8’s sales performance, it’s a well-known fact that the new operating system is yet to take off, with unofficial figures pointing to a rather disappointing performance.

A report released by NPD Group confirms that Windows 8 failed to increase its sales during the holiday season and, what’s more, it didn’t manage to lend a hand to the collapsing PC industry.

According to data collected from retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart, sales of Windows notebooks under $500 (€380) dropped 16 percent as compared to the previous year, while touchscreen notebooks represented 4.5 percent of the overall Windows 8 sales.

“Despite the hype, and hope, around the launch of Windows 8, the new operating system did little to boost holiday sales or improve the year-long Windows notebook sales decline,” NPD Group said.

As always, Microsoft is yet to comment on these figures, but with so many negative comments on Windows 8, it’s only a matter of time until a company official steps in front of the media to reveal some new sales statistics.