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Dell replays Windows 8 blame card as PC sales slide

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    Dell replays Windows 8 blame card as PC sales slide


    Computerworld - Dell last week again blamed Windows 8 for contributing to a decline in PC sales revenue during the quarter that ended May 3.
    "Windows 8 has been, from our standpoint, not necessarily the catalyst to drive accelerated growth that we had hoped it would be," said Brian Gladden, Dell's CFO, in a call last week with Wall Street analysts to discuss the quarter's financials.
    Gladden's convoluted syntax aside, this was the second time that Dell pushed Windows 8 under the bus.
    Dell replays Windows 8 blame card as PC sales slide - Computerworld

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    Several oems have said similar.

    It does appear 8 has hastened the decline.

    Interesting to see what Mike Dell does if he buys back the company - and how the MS involvement there will play out.
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    Considering that OEMs are M$ major customers lets hope M$ listens and was not as deaf to its users.
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    OEM's must be stupid. If Windows 8 is not selling, offer Windows 7 as its been called MS greatest OS. They rather blame someone else for their lack of management.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    OEM's must be stupid. If Windows 8 is not selling, offer Windows 7 as its been called MS greatest OS. They rather blame someone else for their lack of management.

    Jim
    That is the reason that Lenovo was positive in there sales they did offer windows 7 to its customers in my opinion.
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    LOL, Jim. If only it were that simple.

    Several have announced they won't continue to make rt devices for the time being.

    Lenovo has been able to respond better than the others - perhaps because they are Chinese, and/or they can rely on the mainland government.

    It is a lot more convoluted than you might think.
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    If Windows 8 is not selling, offer Windows 7 as its been called MS greatest OS
    How do you propose they do that now?

    Gather up all the unsold stock from the retailers and warehouses around the world, and ship it back. Then take them apart, put 7 on , redesign and print all the pacakaging, then ship them all back out again?

    It would cheaper just to throw all the unsold stock in the sea.

    They are just going to have to hang on and accept it will take a while to shift , even at sale prices. MS are trying to prevent a revolt - they already provide subsidies - they have upped those, I believe , and reduced the license costs.

    They are hoping 8.1 will help and are expecting another advertising push funded by MS of course.

    There is also the haswell stuff coming up - assuming 8.1 looks better, oems will be able to put out much lower cost machines, which will help.
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    As most on here keep telling MS to give us a choice. Well the OEM's should do the same. Stop shipping Windows 8 and start shipping Windows 7 systems. I am sure they have not stopped their production of systems. When Windows 7 systems show up at retail then the PC sales will soar to new heights and everybody will be happy. Those that want Windows 8 can still get new systems and then MOST people can get Windows 7 systems and everyone is happy.

    Jim
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    Bit tricky now. If they push out 7 machines - before recovering the money from the existing 8 stock - how are they going to finance that?

    If the 7 machines sell pretty well - they will never get rid of all those 8 machines.

    If they then decide 8.1 looks good and they move onto it with these cheaper haswell things - they then have 7, 8, and 8.1 and the new rt version machines on the shelves confusing the hell out of the customers.

    You would be right to say they shouldn't rely on a single supplier for a very large part of their business.

    This has been a wake up call.

    We shall see if it leads to anything advantageous to the oems and the consumers. It depends if MS are able to keep a lid on it and prevent that from happening. MS have deep pockets, so they may be able to.
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    Here is a good size nail to put is Windows 8 coffin.

    Boutique PC seller laughs all the way to the bank on the back of Windows 7

    Computerworld - A boutique system builder has bucked the industry trend of slumping PC sales by continuing to focus on selling Windows 7 machines.
    Auburn, Wash.-based Puget Systems grew sales 20% in 2012, said Jon Bach, president of the independent PC seller, by specializing in high-performance, buit-to-order PCs -- primarily deskstops.
    Puget's performance is in stark contrast to the global PC market, which contracted 6% in the fourth quarter of last year, and plummeted 14% in the first quarter of 2013, according to research firm IDC.
    Puget also went against the grain by selling significantly more Windows 7 PCs than ones equipped with the new Windows 8. That was not a strategy of its own choosing, however, as customers select the operating system for their custom-built machines.
    Boutique PC seller laughs all the way to the bank on the back of Windows 7 - Computerworld

    Yea Windows 8 is the blame for low PC sales.
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