'Slow' Windows 8 sales are well below Microsoft’s expectations, claim reports

by Doug Drinkwater

November 19 2012

Two new reports claim that initial sales of the new Windows 8 operating system are not what Microsoft had hoped for.

This issue first came to attention when Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows reported that Windows 8 PC sales were “well below Microsoft’s internal projections”, a claim which apparently came from a “trusted source” at the Redmond software giant.

The same source put this lacklustre demand down to third-party PC manufacturers and their supposed “inability to deliver”, a comment which is unlikely to be received well by the same manufacturers already frustrated by Microsoft’s decision to launch its own Windows 8 tablet.

Microsoft officially says that it has sold over four million copies of Windows 8 since launch. This figure, while not inconsiderable, would tally with a separate report from ReadWrite, which reported that a senior exec from retailer Newegg has deemed Windows 8 sales to be "slow going".

Merle McIntosh, the senior VP of product management at Newegg North America, said that the retailer had been "prepared for an explosion" of Windows 8 sales at launch, but does expect sales of the new OS to pick up in the second quarter of 2013.

Just last week, Steve Ballmer was reported to have told French newspaper Le Parisien that sales of its Windows 8 Surface RT tablet had been "modest", only for Microsoft to later rectify that the Microsoft CEO had been referring to supply and distribution, and not tablet sales.

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  • cielzd
    2 years 6 days ago

    Where is the start orb? How can I shut down my computer with a click of my mouse? How to playback DVD? How to open, view, read, review, print PDF documents with Microsoft PDF Reader metro app? PDF files have to be printed in batch with 3rd-party solutions like PDF2Printer from http://www.win8pdf.com/pdf-to-printer.html and they have to be read without switching to Metro with 3rd-party software like PDF Reader for Windows 8 from http://www.pdfeight.com/reader.html. Start button or Start orb has to be recovered with software like ViStart from http://lee-soft.com/vistart/. To shut down Windows 8 with a click, you have to create a Command Prompt script like shutdown -s -t 0. To play DVD, you have to download the freeware VLC Player from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html. I should not have upgraded my DELL to Windows 8.

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