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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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RE: Retailers have failed
By rs2 on 12/5/2012 8:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
There are *several* differences between Windows 7 and the desktop mode in Windows 8. To name just a few:

1. It takes an extra click to get into desktop mode (or registry hack to disable Metro).
2. No 'Start' menu in the desktop mode (without registry hack).
3. No 'Aero' theme in desktop mode, no rounded windows either.

Maybe those aren't a big deal to you. And maybe they are a big deal to some people. But that's all beside the point. The point is, there are factual, measurable differences between the desktop experience in Win 8 and the desktop experience in Win 7. If you want to deny this, then you're the one who is lying.

Besides, if having a desktop mode that is the "exact same" as Windows 7 makes Windows 8 "perfect for desktop", you're saying that Windows 7 is also perfect for desktop.

So if Windows 7 is not broken (because it isn't), and if the Windows 8 desktop mode isn't significantly better than Windows 7's in any way (because even you claim that the desktop modes are identical), why would anyone choose to use Windows 8 if what they care about is primarily desktop usage?

RE: Retailers have failed
By Pirks on 12/5/2012 9:01:40 PM , Rating: 1
It takes an extra click to get into desktop mode
Fixed by or or
No 'Start' menu in the desktop mode
Solved by a lot of Start Menu third party utils by third parties
No 'Aero' theme in desktop mode, no rounded windows either
Which improves battery life so it's a good thing overall.
why would anyone choose to use Windows 8 if what they care about is primarily desktop usage
Because of improvements in Explorer, Task Manager, Storage Spaces and general increase of speed and decrease of resource consumption, plus multiple significant security improvements described in

If you were not so technologically illiterate you'd know all these basics already, please go educate yourself a bit or else you'll join a company of clueless morons like Argon18.

RE: Retailers have failed
By MScrip on 12/6/2012 12:19:48 AM , Rating: 3
I'll chime in here.

You're right... Windows 8 has a desktop. And that's a good thing because all my software is written for XP/Vista/7

My fear is that Microsoft goes all in on the Metro interface... and ALL future programs become Metro apps.

I'm just not a fan of fullscreen Metro apps... especially when I've had no problems using traditional Windows programs since the 90s.

Yes... tablets will benefit from touch-friendly Metro apps... but you can pry my huge desktop monitor out of my cold, dead hands. (as you can tell... I'm a laptop/desktop user... not a tablet user)

See my example below... I much prefer the Windows on the right:

In fact... it's called Microsoft Windows.... not Microsoft Tiles

So yes... Windows 8 can act like the Windows 7 we all know and love.

My fear is what happens with Windows 9 or 10... especially since I didn't ask for any drastic changes in the way I operate my computer.

RE: Retailers have failed
By inighthawki on 12/6/2012 1:15:33 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft's biggest consumers use it for backwards compatibility, they would never do something as dumb as removing the desktop.

RE: Retailers have failed
By rs2 on 12/6/2012 1:59:57 AM , Rating: 3

Fixed by or or


Solved by a lot of Start Menu third party utils by third parties

Dude, I noted in my own post that there were hacks/third-party workarounds for those items. I don't know what you intend to prove by pointing out the same thing. Once hacks and third-party tools are thrown into the mix, you no longer have a valid comparison between operating-systems anyways.

Besides, what's the point of going through the manual tedium of installing some custom tool that makes Windows 8 act like Windows 7 when I could just use Windows 7? Windows 8 needs to succeed by providing a better desktop experience than Windows 7; providing/supporting an identical one is not sufficient justification for an upgrade.

Which improves battery life so it's a good thing overall.

And completely irrelevant for a desktop. I freely admit that Windows 8 is the better option in contexts where touchscreens are common, such as laptops and tablets. But we're talking about desktop usage here. And I don't need to have my desktop experience nerfed just so that mobile users can have more battery life.

At the very least, MS could have supported both themes, and automatically toggled between them depending upon device type and/or user preference.

RE: Retailers have failed
By blue_urban_sky on 12/6/2012 4:11:34 AM , Rating: 3
This started with you saying
Win 7 is the better platform for the typical keyboard-and-mouse interface, particularly if you need to use your system to do any heavy content creation. Win 8 is for touch interfaces and content consumption.

then to back it up you names your top 3 problems.
1. It takes an extra click to get into desktop mode (or registry hack to disable Metro).
2. No 'Start' menu in the desktop mode (without registry hack).
3. No 'Aero' theme in desktop mode, no rounded windows either.

Seriously this is what is needed for content creation? One less click, some pretty windows and a menu to launch your creation software?

All I ask is please please stop making me agree with Pirks.

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