Windows 8 Sales Deemed Disappointing Once Again
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While Microsoft chooses to remain tight-lipped on Windows 8 sales, analysts and experts across the world continue to criticize the new operating system, suggesting that it could very well become the new Vista for the Redmond-based technology giant.
A new report published by the New York Times
claims that Windows 8’s sales performance is fairly disappointing for the time being and hints that things won’t change significantly in the upcoming months.
The newspaper writes that Microsoft’s store in Bellevue, Washington failed to attract visitors during the week of December 16, even though the shopping center’s parking lot was pretty much full.
What’s more, Apple’s store has enjoyed a much greater success during the same period, which could be another proof that Microsoft’s products aren’t quite appealing for holiday shoppers.
While looking at Windows 8’s success during the holiday season isn’t quite a clear indication of its overall performance, it’s just another sign that Microsoft’s new operating system could actually fail to impress.
Analysts have previously suggested that Windows 8 sales could skyrocket in 2013, at about the same time when the PC industry is also expected to post a significant recovery. But the New York Times report claims this won’t be the case, as most customers would prefer to stick to Windows 7, especially due to the current “shaky economy.”
“Weak PC sales this holiday season suggest that the struggles of Microsoft and other companies that depend heavily on the computer business will not abate soon. Plenty of consumers already own PCs and seem content to make do with what they have, especially in a shaky economy in which less expensive mobile devices are bidding for a share of their wallets,” the report reads.
Microsoft previously revealed that it sold a total of 40 million copies
of the new OS in just a single month, but several sources close to the matter hinted that Windows 8 actually missed internal sales projections.
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|Comment #1 by: Hani on 24 Dec 2012, 10:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Its actually is disappointing. The only thing you will get on windows 8 is a Disappointing Start menu screen ,so why upgrade or buy this? And nowadays everyone has dual core or more than 2 cores processors on their laptop or desktop,and they choose windows 7 'cause it is great for everything. My point is windows 8 is totally windows 7. that's why people don't want to upgrade. Microsoft should see Windows Concepts on internet and see what people like and then make their own Operating System like that. I hope Microsoft will end Windows 8 next year and start work on new WINDOWS and will have totally new interface and features.
|Comment #1.1 by: zudf on 24 Dec 2012, 14:56 GMT|
Our family loves windows 8 for 2 months and this interface is never disappointing
|Comment #1.2 by: Alex on 24 Dec 2012, 15:48 GMT|
Hani: "The only thing you will get on windows 8 is a Disappointing Start menu screen..."
Someone is spreading wrong information again, Softpedia should really monitor their comments system. It's people like that scare away people to try new stuff (including Linux desktop and Mac OS X).
WRONG. Windows 8 doesn't ONLY comes with new start screen (that's start screen not start menu BTW), Windows 8 comes with better language support, Windows Store (Windows Store apps are checked by MSFT so the chance of getting hit by virus through installing program from unknown source is lower), user profile roaming (bring your profile with you when you login your Microsoft account), better file management (check the new copy/ move dialog), task manager is easier to use, photo password. There are more listed on Microsoft's blog and product website.
Let me guess, if Microsoft stop Windows 8 next year then someone like you will jump out and yell "WHY WHY WHY I BOUGHT WINDOWS 8 JUST FOR ONE YEAR AND YOU STOP IT". Haters gonna hate, and this kind of attitude on Internet really makes me feel sick.
|Comment #1.3 by: Hani on 24 Dec 2012, 16:57 GMT|
@Alex, talking about Microsoft Accounts and Mail,People ,etc Apps,oh c'mon everyone is disturbed by these apps . they are so annoying during work. You said task manager and other things improved,it just like an update for windows .MS could have released a service pack for windows 7 which could have all these features like fast boot,task manager ,etc.. just look at past ,when vista was a disaster how MS helped and made Windows 7. It just doesn't feel right now....
and no offense if you have bought Windows 8. and for me i guess i have to stick with windows 7 until MS release good OS.
|Comment #1.4 by: Marty on 31 Jan 2013, 17:44 GMT|
Widows 8 is the biggest load of crap I have ever used I am formatting my system tomorrow and reloading windows 7 and contacting microsft to get a refund as soon as possible and who was the genious that made it so you have to click 4 times to close the dam thing down and whats with all the extra screens and clicks just to do something simple and pressing the ESc key gets you out of nothing and just makes it even more annoying this OS is about as popular as Windows Millenium was and whats with all the crapware and tiles that constantly update taking your system bandwidth if your thinking of doing it and you don't have a touchscreen DON'T DO IT stay with windows 7 its far superior and far less annoying.
|Comment #2 by: larry on 26 Dec 2012, 19:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
no big surprise. no marketing requirements. marketing not talking to engineering.
both making decisions based on dart throwing method. SWAG.
shakey economy , just an excuse.
|Comment #3 by: Cathy on 27 Dec 2012, 05:27 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It's only because people are spreading false rumors, are slow to adapt, nostalgic & to buttoned down to what a desktop was...
Windows 8 is brilliant for Business why because it's so much faster then Vista & 7 we finally have something that we can upgrade to from XP & feel like where not going to be losing productivity for doing it.
It's also brilliant for gamers who need a boost in performace as it has a lower footprint on your RAM leaving more of it avaible to game with...
Then it's great for other forms of home entertainment & email for those casual users.
It's better for all we just have to get usto it.
|Comment #4 by: joriginaloak on 27 Dec 2012, 17:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
all the young kids i see in the shop are loving w8 and if they had the money they would be buying them. Parents are snapping up the cheap android drudge to shut them up!
|Comment #5 by: Portal Rocks on 01 Jan 2013, 11:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Gee I wonder why, that was sarcasm. All because touch screens are popular doesn't mean you should make os that is default for all electronics ie tablets, cell phones, desktops, laptops, notebooks, etc. Funny things about popular stuff they dont last long, ask apple about that. I know we live in a world being a changing market but does anyone think it makes sense to make a new phone, computer, etc in the span of 3 to 6 months, if you ask me its crazy, and not good business being in the long term aspects. Its like charging 4 dollars a gallon for gas, all because you can do it, and people pay it and make billions doesn't mean its a good idea. Maybe not now, but later bit them in the * when they find out paper money becomes one day worthless. Billions in paper money wont mean much the way things are now of days and the way things are going. Personally Microsoft and apple are bad at this, giving people os, cell phones, etc with a lot of useless stuff most people dont use. You know why people for those that do like windows 8 like it, BECAUSE OF TOUCH SCREEN, same reason why someone buys a tablet for 500 dollars just to use it to text people with, or skype, seems like a waste to spend that much money to do such simple things. Mysteriously are you going to spend that kind of money just to sue it for reading books or drawing on or a cheap replacement for a real camera? Maybe its just me, but doesn't seem worth the money. Btw for those that haven't notice windows 7 has done much better then that of windows 8, windows 7 is like the windows xp of are generation. Because windows 8 is fine if your into some of the new features. If you ask me its like buying a sports car, other than because it looks cool and goes fast, is it really worth the time and money to have it, maybe if you had the money yeah, but in reality You probably go for something more practical. All I'm saying is Windows 8 is nothing more than a fad, but maybe if the focus was done more on what sells for popularity and more on what everyday and serious computer uses need and use, maybe 4-10 years from now we might have another windows 7 or better. My guess be windows 13 or 14. But to me these number windows things is like video games doing it, the first few are great then the rest are so and so, and the rest can go either way. lol
|Comment #6 by: Herbert1000 on 16 Jan 2013, 11:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I have been very disappointed by Windows 8. I bought a new computer, 2 months ago. I need a computer to work at home for my company that is based in another part of the country. Therefore I need to log in in the network of the office I work for.
This was not possible with Windows 8! Not even after I bought a professional upgrade. This problem was noted in some software fora.
Besides, Windows 8 does not operate as handy as Windows Vista or XP. You need more clicks to get to your documents.
Therefore, Windows 8 has been removed from my computer, and I installed Windows 7. Unfortunately, that implies the buy of a new OS. Waste of money, waste of time.
|Comment #7 by: ham on 15 Apr 2013, 08:15 UTC|| reply to this comment|
ma...i can say the sales up to 60 mil is half lie, cos I live in the country where pirated exist, so I can tell that they lie , they sell 60 mil, what basis i can say this, cos in some forum i know , know how to by pass windows activation using legit way , so it will look legit way but not legit...like using remove wat on win 7, but more using telp methode...or something like that. 60 mil sales, well I can say 45% of it are false legit.
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