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Different reports say different things about demand for Windows 8 touch devices

How are Windows 8-based touch PCs faring since their October launch? I guess it depends on whom you ask.

A new report from CNET said that PC makers are trying to meet demand for the Windows 8 laptops, tablets and hybrid convertibles, and stores are having trouble keeping them on the shelves. However, a report from The Seattle Times offers a very different point of view. 

CNET spoke with two different analysts on the topic, including Bob O'Donnell from IDC and Rhoda Alexander from IHS iSuppli. Both stated that vendors are having a hard time meeting customer demand for Windows 8 touchscreen PCs, and may even have shortages in the near future. 

"We've talked to a number of PC makers that are having trouble obtaining touch panels and some of the vendors I've talked to said they can't keep them on the shelf," said Alexander. 

O'Donnell made sure to add that non-touch Windows 8 PCs are not doing quite as well, though. This is only based on touchscreen devices. 

The Seattle Times had a very different report. It said that the low availability of Windows 8-powered tablet devices has led to decreased customer demand, and obviously sales. 

According to The Seattle Times, only five Windows 8 tablets out of a dozen that were announced are available on the market. Two of them, including Microsoft's own Surface and an Acer tablet, are only available at the Microsoft Store. Currently, there are only about 60 of those. 

This short reach has been affecting demand and sales of the tablets, it said. The Seattle Times also spoke with an analyst to get an idea of what's going on with Microsoft's latest addition, and the feedback wasn't too positive.

Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions, said that Microsoft has been hush-hush about its sales numbers, and that is never an encouraging sign. 

While The Seattle Times doesn't seem to think that Windows 8 devices will combat the likes of Apple's iPad anytime soon, this isn't the end for Windows 8-based tablets. Eve Jung, an analyst at Nomura, said tablet shipments will pass up notebook shipments in the second half of 2013. By then, Microsoft will have its Windows 8 Pro-based Surface on the market and more Windows RT tablets (the ARM-based version) will have finally made their way into stores.

While the number of sales of Windows 8-based touchscreen devices is unclear, Microsoft just proudly announced that Windows 8 upgrades hit 40 million in the first month of release. This surpassed Windows 7, which was the previous record breaker for Windows OS upgrades. 

Sources: The Seattle Times, CNET

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By Pirks on 12/5/2012 7:09:35 PM , Rating: 0
if you have to update your anti-virus definitions, and apply the constant stream of Windows Update security flaws, oh and don't forget to defrag your hard drive and clean your Windows Registry
Hey lying troll, here's an educational story for ya. A buddy of mine recently purchased x86 tablet with Win8, named Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500t, and he never had to install any antivirus software or clean any registry. He just got Office 2010 running there quickly and experience was fast and fluid, I saw myself how fast Excel 2010 starts up on this tablet - it was FASTER THAN ON HIS NEW LENOVO LAPTOP!

Also x86 tablets like this ATIV have flash storage, hence your "defrag" doesn't make any sense. Do you even know that flash storage does not require defrag? I think you're way too dumb to understand such simple things :)

So, illiterate idiot, why don't ya educate yourself a little about these tech things, before posting funny rubbish here huh? You just have to know about some basics about defrag and flash memory, then your posts won't be as moronic as they are now. Capice?
Turn it on, and use it. Simple. No IT geeks required.
Well, that's how he uses this x86 Win8 tablet. He asked me once how to install Office 2010 in a fastest way, and second time he asked me why when he copies music files in Explorer only the shortcuts are copied, I had to point his attention to the fact that there was "Creating a shortcut" message appearing around cursor when he was dragging files, don't know why he didn't look at it first time. Looks like your braindead trolling about "IT geekery" needed to run the x86 tablet has no real life foundation. At least I haven't seen it in case of this guy, and he doesn't even know what junkware is and how to uninstall it so he's almost illiterate with PCs.
Windows x86 tablet is a piss poor answer to a question nobody asked
You're just a braindead fucking stupid troll, otherwise you would easily understand that there are use cases where people like to have Windows productivity software on their tablets. So this guy spends his day in Excel 2010 mostly but in the evening he undocks this ATIV from its keyboard dock and goes to the couch to play some games with his kids, browse some videos with them and have normal tablet/touch fun as usual, iPad style.

This CAN'T be done with your shitty iPad or Android crap, do you even remotely understand this simple thing, ya clueless troll? Let's see if I'm talking to a piece of fucking wood now, or are you a sentient being :)

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