PC Industry Concerned Over Lukewarm Windows 8 Interest

PC parts suppliers are reportedly concerned that consumers won't be interested with Microsoft's forthcoming operating system Windows 8 until next year.

Anonymous sources from several PC component suppliers have expressed their worry over the potentially low demand at launch, with Windows 8 sales seemingly not due to show considerable promise until at least the first quarter of 2013.

The PC parts suppliers said they were depending on Windows 8 to create the boost the PC industry wants right now. Projections from several firms have suggested that the industry as a whole will, for the first time in more than a decade, experience a decline.

While the industry moves towards tablets/tablet PCs, smartphones, as well as the predicted increase in popularity for ultrabooks, Microsoft is expected to invest upwards of $1.5 billion in advertising for Windows 8, which could generate enough interest to result in substantial sales.

Microsoft and its vendor partners will launch Windows 8-powered tablets, such as Surface, and PCs on October 26.

 

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  • joafu
    "Touch the Future"?

    Try spending that $1.5 billion to "Get in Touch with Consumers"
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  • jojesa
    Microsoft should have listened to customers as they did with Windows 7. They forgot mighty fast.
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  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer
    Uberragen21All I can say is, I'm glad Win 7 is still widely available. I truly hope Win 7 doesn't disappear just because Win sh8t came out. Unless there is an option to have a start button and a desktop screen in the SP1, I won't touch it.

    Already bought several copies of 7 just in case. I strongly suspect that Microsoft will want everyone to switch over to 8 as quickly and as abruptly as possible.

    I'm certain to get downvoted for saying this (again) but Microsoft wants everyone on Windows 8. As soon as possible. $15/$40 upgrades? Letting people go from 7 Home Premium to 8 Pro?

    They. Want. You. Buying. Apps.

    From 7 to 8, Windows is going from a fantastic, open operating system that lets you run whatever you want to a closed-off, iPad-esque walled garden that lets you run your "legacy" software in the "Desktop App". If you don't think the ultimate goal is for every Windows user to get all of their software through Microsoft's App Store, I don't know what else to say. Their endgame is to transform the computing experience from the traditional open model that's been with us since forever to, well, a f--king iPad!
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  • joafu
    "Touch the Future"?

    Try spending that $1.5 billion to "Get in Touch with Consumers"
    44
  • jojesa
    Microsoft should have listened to customers as they did with Windows 7. They forgot mighty fast.
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  • InvalidError
    jojesaMicrosoft should have listened to costumers as they did with Windows 7.

    When you hire a costumer (tailor), the tailor is usually the one doing the listening.

    In principle, Microsoft would be better off listening to cUstOmers than cOstUmers... but those who have the power and make the rules are too busy swapping their tailors' business cards for that.
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