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Acer and other PC makers lower forecasts for second half 2012 PC shipments

While many PC makers saw the coming of Windows 8 as an opportunity for growth and increased competition against Apple, those feelings are slowly fading.
Acer Inc., Quanta Computer Inc. and Compal Electronics Inc., three major PC makers, have all lost hope in Windows 8 being the savior of PC sales for the second half of fiscal year 2012. This opinion differs from those heard by the same PC makers earlier this year, who were happy to show off Windows 8 laptops, all-in-ones and ultrabooks at the Computex trade show in Taipei. Acer even said that Windows 8 PCs would bring growth to his company once again. 
But these opinions changed as PC makers see no customer enthusiasm for personal computers running the Windows 8 operating system. Another issue, according to analysts and the PC makers, is that Windows 8 laptops and ultrabooks will likely be much too expensive upon release. 
J.T. Wang, CEO of Acer, said he has grown unsure of the Windows 8 ecosystem. His company is lowering its expectations for PC sales upon Windows 8's release.
"Originally, we were expecting very high growth in the second half," said Wang. "We're still waiting for a sign of consumer enthusiasm."
Analysts are changing their sales forecasts as well, mainly due to the fact that some believe it'll take three to four financial quarters for consumers to get onboard with Windows 8. It won't take off right away. Rather, Microsoft will have to seek out developers for more applications in order to grab consumer interest.
While the PC turf isn't looking so hot, mobile devices may not be so disappointing. The price of touchscreens and tablets running Windows 8 may be an issue, especially because there are many cheaper alternatives, but consumers have shown greater enthusiasm for Microsoft's Surface tablet
Windows 8 has been a pretty controversial topic. The main issue seems to be the user interface, formerly called Metro. It features colorful tiles that represent different applications on the home screen. The change was a hopeful move to attract new users (perhaps those normally enticed by Apple's colorful and friendly-looking operating systems). However, Microsoft is looking to change the name of Metro after a recent discovery -- a German retailer called Metro AG threatened to sue. 
Windows 8 will be released to the public on October 26

Source: ETrade

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Doesn't that make sense?
By Belard on 8/21/2012 1:34:25 PM , Rating: 1
Analysts are changing their sales forecasts as well, mainly due to the fact that some believe it'll take three to four financial quarters for consumers to get onboard with Windows 8. It won't take off right away.

That is seriously funny! That is a sign of major storm ahead. When Windows7 came out - people couldn't get enough of it. The hold-outs with XP took to Windows 7 with little thought.

Many of us can use Windows7 for the next 2~10 years without ever touching windows r8pe.

Take a year to get onboard? If they don't get onboard on day 1, WTF is going to make day 365 any different? I guess what they mean as people's crappy computers die and are forced to buy a new PC - what they have in the store is going to be Windows8, period. Just like vista for most consumers.

In 2 years, Windows 9 or whatever they are going name the turd is due to be out, MS has already stated they want to be on a 2 year schedule. What a cluster-F.

RE: Doesn't that make sense?
By beefgyorki on 8/21/2012 4:49:08 PM , Rating: 2
Biggest reason I see is if Win8 tablets take off people will probably acquire some apps they really like and wouldn't mind being able to use on their normal PC.

One example I've already run into is the new Solitaire Collection. When the entire Win8 rollout (PC, Tabs, Phone, & Xbox) is complete I should be able to start a game on my phone and switch to either a Tablet, PC, or even potentially my XBox to finish it and vice versa.

Also don't expect Win9 anytime soon. All indications are MS is going towards a OSX style delivery schedule meaning there will be smaller but more frequent significant OS updates. There is already a targeted release for next year that will be more than what we usually see with a Service Pack. Which makes sense considering the next Xbox will likely be out next year and will complete the unified 4 Screens OS design Microsoft wants.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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