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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 Da W on 12/6/2012 10:37:38 AM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about? You can use Windows 7 desktop themes and even new dynamic Windows 8 desktop themes, all with beutiful translucent UI, pin on task bar and create shortcut on the desktop.
You have to live with metro to start a new program you haven't pinned. OH MY GAWD! This is unbearable!!!! /sarcasm
It's Windows 7 plus apps. Apps are cool. It's faster to take my e-mails with the metro app than opening and loading Outlook. I like the netflix app. Meteo app. Whatever, it's all the same apps you have on stupid ipads and droids. If people buy those, there might be a reason.


RE: Retailers have failed
By 91TTZ on 12/11/2012 2:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
I think what people are pissed about isn't that there's a tablet-optimized Metro mode, it's that there isn't also a desktop-optimized non-metro mode.

Obviously since Start8 is only 5 MB it's not hard to implement.

I wouldn't be in favor of Microsoft taking away your ability to choose Metro mode. I'm all for freedom of choice and think that you should be able to customize the OS to your liking even if it's not what I would choose. I do find it strange, though, that most of the Metro fans DO seem to be in favor of Microsoft taking away our ability to choose desktop-only mode with the start button. Why are they against freedom of choice?


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