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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 12/6/2012 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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