Acer Boasts Strong Chromebook Sales, Still Slams Windows 8
January 28, 2013 9:27 AM
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Chrome makes up as much as 10% of Acer's US sales
Acer has been having a difficult time in the computer market over the last several quarters, and has posted consecutive annual losses. Acer also announced during its latest quarterly report that it had taken $120 million write-off due to the declining value of Gateway, Packard Bell, and eMachines-branded computers.
Despite these troubles, the company is touting strong sales of its Chromebooks that use Google’s Chrome OS, while still talking negatively about
Acer says that notebooks running Chrome OS account for 5 to 10% of its U.S. shipments since the machines were released here in November. Acer President Jim Wong said that he expects the ratio of Chrome sales to be sustainable in the long term. He also said that the company is considering offering additional Chrome OS models in other developed markets.
Acer C7 Chromebook
Acer and many other computer makers are looking for alternatives to the Windows operating system because consumers continue to stick with older versions of the operating system rather than upgrade to the latest version.
“Windows 8 itself is still not successful,” said Wong. “The whole market didn’t come back to growth after the Windows 8 launch, that’s a simple way to judge if it is successful or not.”
criticized Windows 8
earlier this month alleging that Microsoft was getting marketing for its new operating system wrong.
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1/29/2013 5:56:10 PM
Did you really read that article and come to that conclusion? Seriously?
First of all, that article is almost a year old, long before Windows 8 came out.
Second of all, the people who like Windows 8 say that it's the people who have never tried it who give it bad press. They said if you gave it a chance you'd like it. This article says half of the people who did try it would not recommend it.
Third, you claim that it's selling fine. LOL. It is most definitely NOT selling fine:
It's selling slower than Vista, which even Microsoft admits was a flop. In fact, a high level Microsoft executive even joked about it:
"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer
It's not that people are skipping upgrading, it's that when they do upgrade from XP they're upgrading to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8.
1/30/2013 11:17:28 AM
LOL you claim "It is most definitely NOT selling fine", and then provide a link with ZERO sales figures. It's no wonder why, because the fact of 60 million license sales proves you wrong.
Webstats vary grossly from one company's stats to another. 1.72%? Well, look at the Steam survey after two months:
Win 8 is at 6.93% as of Dec 2012. For Oct 2012, it was only 0.22%, so it's true that pre-release adoption was quite low, but usage picked up quickly after that.
This is despite Valve's anti-Win8 talk and Steam having a disproportionate number of hardcore users, who are the most vocal Win8 haters.
Comparison with Win7 is apples and oranges. Win7 followed a hated OS, and happened during a time of PC sales growth. Win8 followed a beloved OS that doesn't give people reason to upgrade. There is nothing MS could have done to repeat Win7 sales.
As for the NPD stat, guess what: ALL notebooks/desktops have declining sales this year, regardless of OS. Apple lost 20% of sales year over year. Windows PC sales declined far less than that.
So you haven't proven jack.
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