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A turnaround in the PC industry isn't expected to happen anytime soon

In years, the launch of a new Windows operating system meant that computer makers could count on a nice uptick in sales as people bought new computers. With the launch of Windows 8, the same boost in PC sales seen in years past hasn't occurred.

The New York Times reports that customers continue to turn away from new Microsoft gadgets such as the Surface RT tablet, which has seen disappointing sales numbers so far. One consumer that the NYT talked to, named Claude Ballard, said that he was intrigued by the "eye-catching design Windows 8" but not enough to purchase a new computer.

Overall computer sales during the holiday season have been disappointing. Many consumers continue to purchase tablets which run iOS or Android.  Weak PC sales during the holiday season shows that Microsoft and other companies that depend on the computer industry won't see a major turnaround in sales anytime soon.

Acer president for the Americas division Emmanuelle Fromont has said that sales of Acer computers running Windows 8 have been lower-than-expected. He cites the operating system's unfamiliar design as one point that appears to be making consumers cautious.

“There was not a huge spark in the market,” Mr. Fromont said. “It’s a slow start, there’s no question.”

“I think everybody would have hoped for a better start,” said Stephen Baker, an analyst at research firm NPD. “The thing is, this market is not the same market that Windows 7 or Vista or even XP launched into.”

NPD estimates that within the U.S., 13% fewer Windows devices were sold from late October when Windows 8 launched through the first week in December compared to the same period of last year with Windows 7 machines.

Source: NYT

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Not so fast...
By EricMartello on 12/24/2012 2:46:52 PM , Rating: 0
Retail sales were up due to Christmas shopping but aside from that, most other industries have been flat or on decline in terms of economic performance. This can be at least partially attributed to the severe mismanagement going on in our government right now. The average person may be facing increased taxes combined with a smaller tax return - not exactly the ideal climate for buying expensive new gadgets.

I would say that the Samsung Galaxy phone has done a solid job of slowly displacing the iphone as the "best smartphone". Microsoft managed to establish itself in the game console market when Nintendo and PS was dominating using a similar "slow and steady" approach. It hasn't always worked (bing) but that's not a reason to give up without trying.

RE: Not so fast...
By Pirks on 12/24/2012 6:48:10 PM , Rating: 3
It hasn't always worked (bing)
It worked with Bing too, their quarterly losses get smaller and smaller, they are almost breaking even these days. Huge progress from 3 years ago when it was a money sucking black hole.

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