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Windows 8 Sales 'Well Below' Internal Target

Category: Operating Systems
Posted: 01:01PM

Sales of Microsoft's new operating system Windows 8 are reported to be 'well below' target, according to Paul Thurrott on the Supersite for Windows. In his post, Paul Thurrott wrote that sales of Windows 8 have fallen short of internal expectations. This hugely contradicts Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's speech at the Microsoft Build conference last month, boasting that over 4 million copies of Windows 8 had been sold in the few days following release.

Principal analyst Roger Kay of EndPoint Technologies suggested during an interview with popular tech website CNET that Windows 8 was difficult for Microsoft to position in the market due to the split between the standard x86-64 Windows 8 version and the ARM-based Windows RT. He also expressed his views regarding the Modern UI being optimized for tablets, saying Microsoft should not have 'turned the world upside down' for a limited number of tablets. Nonetheless, particularly with the $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade, Windows 8 remains an interesting change of strategy by Microsoft.

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David on November 18, 2012 01:29PM
I have windows 8 and its really good!
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Anon on November 18, 2012 02:48PM
I also have Windows 8, and it is very good.
That_Guy on November 18, 2012 06:58PM
I had it on my laptop for about 6 months and went back to Win7. Didn't like it at all
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MikeyGold on November 18, 2012 09:13PM
Tried windows 8 for about a month before I gave it up. Too much of a mash-up of tablet and desktop. They work OK alone, but together, it's a piece of junk.
Bosco on November 18, 2012 09:23PM
I am not a fan of it at all, sticking with Win 7 for a while.
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JTBldrCO on November 18, 2012 09:43PM
I have Win 8 on a non-touch machine. Bought a Logitech T650 to gain the 13-gesture support without a Touch Screen. (T650 is awesome). Live Tiles are very cool - a real First for Microsoft. The Media has overlooked much of the benefit of Windows 8 (Surprise, Surprise), like the rootkit attack prevention, and the bundled Windows Defender. I have been using Windows Defender (aka Microsoft Security Essentials) and I have watched it work while my machine was hit - it works fantastic. To be bundled in, enabled already, is great. (Buying a new PC from a retail outlet? Junk the bundled virus 'trial license' whatever it is - Defender is upgraded along with all the other Windows upgrades we've become used to - Win 7 - and is always current.) Media makes a big deal about "finding the desktop"? COME ON! Windows 8 actually placed a Desktop Tile on my Start Screen - how easy is that. One thing you must know - the corners are alive in Win 8. As far as machine load, it's about equal to Win 7 - but some programs run faster due to the foreground/background choices MS has made (configurable if you like). New Task Manager is a nice upgrade, too.
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Rob on November 19, 2012 07:28AM
I am new technology junky so upgraded my two monitor'd monster desktop and after 1 day went back to Windows 7. My Razer Nostromo game pad didn't work. No drivers. My Logitech G700 mouse didn't work. No drivers. My Creative Soundblaster PCI Express sound card failed after reboots. Known problem. Start Button is still necessary, not sure why they took it away. BF3 and BlackOps II had stutters in the game play but didn't get a chanceto work that issue out. If all those things had just worked, I would have stuck with it. But as it was, I never got the chance to setup the Metro/Modern UI the way I would like it as those critical items needed to work right out of the box. Windows 8 is not ready for prime time yet.
EuroFight on November 19, 2012 01:29PM
It is not uncommon for Microsoft's new operating systems to suffer from poor sales initially, often in time issues are patched, drivers are released etc. and people begin to migrate to the new OS. I myself am sticking with Windows 7 for now unless I get a touchscreen.
potatochobit on November 19, 2012 08:20PM
the problem is they seem confused at who their market is they should have first made it the solid go to choice for tablets, then maybe PC home owners would be more receptive right now, its like a bad cell phone app
ekiM on November 19, 2012 08:23PM
I'll wait for SP1

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