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.