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A turnaround in the PC industry isn't expected to happen anytime soon

In years, the launch of a new Windows operating system meant that computer makers could count on a nice uptick in sales as people bought new computers. With the launch of Windows 8, the same boost in PC sales seen in years past hasn't occurred.

The New York Times reports that customers continue to turn away from new Microsoft gadgets such as the Surface RT tablet, which has seen disappointing sales numbers so far. One consumer that the NYT talked to, named Claude Ballard, said that he was intrigued by the "eye-catching design Windows 8" but not enough to purchase a new computer.

Overall computer sales during the holiday season have been disappointing. Many consumers continue to purchase tablets which run iOS or Android.  Weak PC sales during the holiday season shows that Microsoft and other companies that depend on the computer industry won't see a major turnaround in sales anytime soon.

Acer president for the Americas division Emmanuelle Fromont has said that sales of Acer computers running Windows 8 have been lower-than-expected. He cites the operating system's unfamiliar design as one point that appears to be making consumers cautious.

“There was not a huge spark in the market,” Mr. Fromont said. “It’s a slow start, there’s no question.”

“I think everybody would have hoped for a better start,” said Stephen Baker, an analyst at research firm NPD. “The thing is, this market is not the same market that Windows 7 or Vista or even XP launched into.”

NPD estimates that within the U.S., 13% fewer Windows devices were sold from late October when Windows 8 launched through the first week in December compared to the same period of last year with Windows 7 machines.

Source: NYT

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RE: The biggest issue
By 3minence on 12/24/2012 9:57:47 AM , Rating: 2
Both MS and OEMs have screwed this up. I figure I'm an average user.

I have a desktop PC that will never see Windows 8 because Win8 does not have a good desktop interface. Win8 offers me nothing compelling.

I have a media PC that is hooked to the TV and is used for movies, games, and very rarely Office Productivity and web. it will get Win8 because Win8 and it's Metro interface will work well in that usage model. Of course, most people have consoles for this so I don't see Win8 making big sales here yet.

I want a tablet like the Surface Pro with Win8 Pro on it. it would be the perfect travel device, a tablet on the plane and a small PC with keyboard in the hotel room. it will let me play games and run my business apps.

So Win8 isn't selling well on the desktop? Duh! that's not where it shines. Touch enabled All-in-ones are great devices for Win8 as are convertible tablets. Strait PCs just are not.

RE: The biggest issue
By Flunk on 12/24/2012 12:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
Your logic is flawed, even knowing this website exists, let alone reading it means that you have a superior level of technical knowledge to the average user. Quite likely much more.

Frankly, the average user, never upgrades the OS on anything. That's been proven many times. This is why they invented over the air updates for phone OSes. It has to be basically automatic and free for the average user to even bother (and sometimes not even then).

RE: The biggest issue
By dark matter on 12/24/2012 5:43:44 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, it's your logic that's flawed if you think you can win any argument by claiming "your logic is flawed".

RE: The biggest issue
By TakinYourPoints on 12/26/2012 6:50:03 PM , Rating: 2
He backs up his post with data that has been proven time and time again and you come back with that pathetic response?

That is beyond grasping at straws.

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