Microsoft: Windows 8 selling well despite PC slump

November 28, 2012

Microsoft says the latest version of its Windows operating system is off to a great start. Yet it remains unclear whether the revamped software will win over enough people to revive the slumping personal computer market.

About 40 million licenses to Windows 8 were sold in its first month on the market. Microsoft released the figure Wednesday in conjunction with the company's annual shareholder meeting held near its Redmond, Wash. headquarters.

But a prominent analyst who tracks Microsoft for Nomura Securities lowered his financial forecast for the company because he expects PC sales to continue faltering.

Although most of the world's PCs run on Windows, personal computers have been losing market share as more people embrace smartphones and to consume and create digital content.

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2 / 5 (1) Nov 28, 2012
Without getting into any debate over the relative merits of the 8 package, I would think that this is in no way a surprising development following its launch.

Most likely, this is, for people besides diehard geeks and gadget hounds, merely a result of increased consumer awareness regarding product life cycles and a wariness of "gotta have it now" marketing in a time of painful economic contraction.

Most people probably aren't willing to spend a couple thousand $$ on a brand-new computer just to run another windows iteration on it. And especially so, considering that 8 is prolly no faster or better, their ISP speed is throttled, the computer they already have probably still works just fine, and is probably underutilised as it is.

Once the next generation of Gobbahertz/Gobbabyte chip/drive/memory devices are available, then the goldrush will be on. But until then, Windows 8 will continue to be just a stopgap to forestall the much larger investment for that Gobbaspeed capability.
5 / 5 (1) Nov 29, 2012
I strongly doubt Microsoft's numbers documenting Microsoft's "success".

In fact I suspect that Microsoft is reporting unsold licenses held by distributors as consumer sales.
5 / 5 (1) Nov 29, 2012
Yet it remains unclear whether the revamped software will win over enough people to revive the slumping personal computer market

I thought the whole point of windows 8 was to start moving windows towards mobiles while establishing microsofts app store which provides software that is compatible in both versions of the OS. Reviving the PC market sounds somewhat more ambitious and less profitable for them.

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