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Windows 8 Sales Well Below Projections, Plenty of Blame

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    I don't see too much ME in my life, it was replace very fast with XP, and in my place at the time, more peoples was buying PC in computers shop, so we was building them with Windows 98 SE and after ME.

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  2. #42


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    That is hilarious.

    MS are disappointed that sales are below their own projections (allegedly).

    Microsoft has not met is internal projections for Windows 8 sales
    Don't you think MS have factored the PC sales cycle into those projections?

    Or maybe you understand the PC market better than MS?





    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It IS catering to need and catering to a want.
    In that case - why isn't it selling?

    More and more of what you post makes less and less sense.

    If people did want it - they would be buying it and MS would be happy.

    Assuming Thurrott is right - that is clearly not the case.
    Uuummmmm, from how I understand the PC market, sales don't pick up until the holidays and well after the release. Do you not remember 2009? Did Microsoft sell over half a billion licenses of Windows 7 in three weeks? It took almost three years for that to happen.

    Honestly, I'm going to be quite blunt here, I'm not interesting in discussing this as this like talking to a brick wall that uses Windows 7 and YET, is still on a forum for Windows 8.
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  3. #43


    I don't think we can really tell yet but usually for most things you can tell by the first week if it's selling or not. I guess to see the overall picture you'd have to wait a year or so. Part of the reason it's not selling is because there isn't a huge demand. The hybrid look will throw people off and a few things that made windows 7 desktop pleasant are not well implemented here. The product designs for Windows tablets, desktops, laptops have not been appealing either especially some that are made by HP or Dell(which are the larger manufacturers).
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  4. #44


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    If Microsoft will be in competition with 2 or 3 other OS manufacturers, they will not survive. They do good because they get the big share of the market years ago and they have no competition, , Mac been more expensive and Linux too much left and right for normal users.

    If you think I'm wrong look what happen with the intelligent phones, this is new technology , Microsoft was not the leader and was not alone, they are completely push away by Google and Apple. They can't dictated anymore . they have to listen an adapt to what we want and need
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    Big mistake by Microsoft bolting this mobile crap onto their flagship desktop OS, did Apple see the need to bolt on IOS 6 to Apple Mac/OSX desktop machines? No because they developed a great Mobile and Tablet OS separately, clearly Microsoft are panicking over the Tablet market, what do they have, other than the useless winmo, which is years behind the competition, Google and Apple must be laughing all the way to the bank, Android and IOS 6 have got full control of the Mobile and Tablet market, and no way will RT make in roads into their dominance, matter of fact I see Microsoft's dominance of the desktop market now up for grabs, wonder how far Google are from launching a Desktop OS?
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  6. #46


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    I remember reading or seeing on TV a few years back about French police going Linux ,this thread brought the memory back .the link tells the story ,from 2008,maybe more Country's/police will get to someday also
    French police: we saved millions of euros by adopting Ubuntu | Ars Technica
    Last edited by caperjack; 19 Nov 2012 at 16:52. Reason: changed links
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  7. #47


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    Yep, lots of places did that. Or claimed they did. Some spent tons of money (going way over budget, and effectively nullifying any savings they got, plus more costs) doing a transition (like the City of Munich) while others attempted a slightly less drastic change and went to software like OpenOffice.. only to switch back to MS Office due to various problems.

    Still others used the threat to negotiate better deals from Microsoft.

    All in all, it's pretty rare to find an organization that ACTUALLY did the switch, and if they did.. stuck with it.
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  8. #48


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    I have been trying many Linux distros for a few years now and it never gets better.

    In fact yesterday I was trying the last Ubuntu and I was shocked to see that it gets worse and worse and worse. Not just for the totally horrible Unity or Gnome 3 but because many things have been removed (how about being impossible to change the font or the size for example?) or simply just don't work, even those that worked in this same computer in previous versions. The other main distros I regularly try, the same disaster. Stuck in the 90's.

    Horrible thing. Needed a tranquillizer after testing for one hour.
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  9. #49


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    Quote Originally Posted by Philgates View Post
    Big mistake by Microsoft bolting this mobile crap onto their flagship desktop OS, did Apple see the need to bolt on IOS 6 to Apple Mac/OSX desktop machines? No because they developed a great Mobile and Tablet OS separately,
    then you don't know what's happening in the Mac OS side of things. they're implementing more and more of iOS in OS X over time.

    and like NPD (a third party sales tracking firm) said, the slow uptake of Windows 8 in the US is due to the huge inventory of unsold Windows 7 PCs. once those PCs are gone from the marketplace, Windows 8 will uptick further and match the pace of sales in Europe.

    the bulk of Windows sales have always been sales of new PCs. not PC upgrades.


    Windows 8 Off to a Weaker Start Than Windows 7 - John Paczkowski - News - AllThingsD

    Today, AllThingsD offered confirmation of sorts to Thurrott's source. According to market research firm NPD, the US market does have a problem with stale Windows 7 inventory. Windows 8 is growing each week as these old machines are flushed from the channel. But Windows 7, in contrast, had no comparable problem with Windows Vista inventory. The result? Windows 7 had a "stronger launch," but Windows 8 has a "faster ramp."

    “I would say that Win 8 has had a faster ramp than Win 7 since launch, but Win 7 had a much stronger launch,” Baker told AllThingsD. “When Win 7 was released the retail channel was fairly clean with few Vista systems remaining. This year, there was a lot of older inventory that needed to sell through before Win 8 product could really start to sell. That is slowly fixing itself as Win 8 keeps growing each week. But it started off with a much weaker share of volume than Win 7 did.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmint View Post
    I have been trying many Linux distros for a few years now and it never gets better.

    In fact yesterday I was trying the last Ubuntu and I was shocked to see that it gets worse and worse and worse. Not just for the totally horrible Unity or Gnome 3 but because many things have been removed (how about being impossible to change the font or the size for example?) or simply just don't work, even those that worked in this same computer in previous versions. The other main distros I regularly try, the same disaster. Stuck in the 90's.

    Horrible thing. Needed a tranquillizer after testing for one hour.

    Same feeling here, Linux is on a tread mill, it walk but stay at the same place. Mint make a nice effort, but they will need money and support from hardware vendors to pay a development team to make it a real everyone OS
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