Microsoft Windows 8 off to slow start: report
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A report released on
Thursday showed that Microsoft's Windows 8 gets to a slow start,
as sales of devices running on Windows system have fallen 21
percent year-on-year during the initial four weeks after the debut
of Windows 8.
Since Windows 8's launch on Oct. 26, sales of notebook computer
running on Windows operating system fell 24 percent and desktop
computer sales dropped 9 percent, compared to the same period last
year, market research firm The NPD Group said in the report.
According to the report, consumer Windows personal computer
(PC) and tablet computer market did not get the boost it needed
from the launch of Windows 8 in the United States.
"After just four weeks on the market, it's still early to place
blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market,"
said the report.
"We still have the holiday selling season ahead of us, but
clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales
turnaround some had hoped for," it noted.
Meanwhile, the report found that the Windows 8 tablet sales
have been "almost non-existent, with unit sales representing less
than 1 percent of all Windows 8 device sales to date."
Microsoft announced on Tuesday that 40 million Windows 8
licenses have been sold one month after the new system was
Analysts pointed out that the number include all sales,
including those to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and
other partners and it's possible that quite a few of the licenses
haven't actually found their way to consumers yet.
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