Unfortunately, it’s a scary time for Steve Ballmer, i knew the Windows 8 is critical for the software giant Microsoft. But it turns out to be a big disappointment for Microsoft and PC makers such as Dell, HP and Lenovo. As Windows 8 hasn’t delivered any “sunshine and smiles”, sales lower than Windows 7 launch – and sales of Windows 8 tablets ‘almost nonexistent. Microsoft is blaming it on lackluster hardware from OEMs.
The report comes days after the chief financial officer of Asus, one of the world’s five biggest PC makers, said that “demand for Windows 8 is not that good right now.”
The gloominess isn’t necessarily all Microsoft’s fault though, right way to make things worse:
“It hasn’t made the market any worse, but it hasn’t stimulated things either,” Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD, told the New York Times. “It hasn’t provided the impetus to sales everybody hoped for.”
- Despite releasing an entirely new operating system on October 22 of this year, Windows PC sales shrank 21% between 10/21 and 11/17 versus the same period last year.
- Windows 8 tablet sales during that period were “almost nonexsistent” – just 1% of all Windows 8 sales.
- Since the launch of Windows 8 on October 26, Windows laptop sales are down 24 per cent, while desktop sales are down 9 per cent compared with the same period last year, making an overall 21 per cent dip, NPD said.
“We had a little bit different expectations for Windows 8 than previous OS launches,” Jeff Barney, VP and general manager of Toshiba America’s PC and TV business, said. “In the past Windows was the only game in town, when it was Windows 7 or Vista it was the big event of the year. These days it’s a different environment.” Windows 8 device sales are “going as predicted,” he said. “It sounds like they were a little more optimistic,” Barney said of Microsoft.
“The expectations of what we foretasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” VAIO product manager Dave McFarland said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.”