PC Makers: Windows 8 May Not Be All It's Cracked Up to Be
August 21, 2012 12:17 PM
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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
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A tip + comment...
8/21/2012 4:36:45 PM
When you make the Desktop tile the first one on the Start Screen you can launch/switch to it by pressing enter when you are on the Start Screen. So when I log in I type in my password, press enter twice, and I'm on the Desktop. And since Win8 boots up quicker than the same machine with Win7 the actual amount time to get to the Desktop is shorter.
With that said...
I'm still of the opinion MS should have given non-touch enabled PCs the option to disable Metro during the install and hope an influx of good Metro apps would encourage people to turn it back on and let strengths of the tech stand on its own rather than being forced onto them.
But instead they go the route of forcing things onto people and all they accomplish is creating a vocal group of dissenters that will hurt Win8's reception. Which is a shame since, Start Screen vs Menu aside, Win8's Desktop is an improvement over Win7's.
RE: A tip + comment...
8/21/2012 8:44:01 PM
a vocal group of dissenters that will hurt Win8's reception
We the guardians of progress will beat these lame XP oldfags into submission eventually, don't you worry. Just like we did with Win 3.0 and Win95 releases which were just as revolutionary UI-wise as Win8 is. Oldfags were wailing about failing MS exactly the same they wail now. The history repeats itself, as usual
"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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