The Windows division posted total revenues of $5.7 billion, but after adjusting for revenue stemming from the deep Windows 8 discounts available last quarter, that total drops to just $4.6 billion. This equates to flat year-on-year sales for the Windows division, meaning that Windows 8 has essentially done nothing for Microsoft’s bottom line.
With a few simple changes, such as removing the Start screen, resurrecting the Start button, and booting straight to the Desktop, Microsoft could make Windows 8 as desirable as Windows 7 for desktop and laptop users. Microsoft must do this before enterprises are forced to upgrade from Windows XP, which is finally losing official support on April 8, 2014.
Microsoft reports weak Windows 8 sales in Q1 2013, says it will “respond to customer feedback” | ExtremeTech