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Microsoft Corp.’s decision to implement Metro interface from mobile phones to desktop operating system was questionable from the start. As it appears, the lack of substantial benefits of Windows 8 over Windows 7 and few PC designs that take advantage of Windows 8’s peculiarities substantially limit demand for the new operating system. As a result, sales of Windows 8 are lower than expected.

Paul Thurrot, a technology expert with knowledge of Microsoft’s internal plans, this week said that Microsoft had not met is internal projections for Windows 8 sales. There were many reasons why Windows 8 did not turn out to be popular from the start, but the main are uncertain economic situation, unfamiliar user interface, confusion between Windows 8 and Windows RT, puzzling lineups of hybrid devices from PC makers and their unclear positioning as well as some other.

Keeping in mind all the confusion around Microsoft Window 8 and Windows RT platforms as well as economic uncertainties, it is unlikely that businesses will transit to any of those operating systems. To make the matters worse, there are nowadays alternatives like Apple iOS and Google Android on the mobile market and Windows 7 operating system that is already deployed. All-in-all, without actions from Microsoft and its partners, the new Windows 8 may turn out to be the old Windows Vista, which the majority of Microsoft customers avoided.

While Microsoft yet has to officially release sales numbers for its Windows 8 the coming months, it is obvious that the company has already missed internal goals both in terms of unit sales and dollars. Moreover, it is highly likely that Microsoft will have to reject its CEO’s comments about potential hundreds of millions Windows 8 users by mid-2013.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Windows RT, Business

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Not many like Windows 8 and why upgrade when most peoples PC's are good enough and they like their current version of windows. I Tried using Windows 8 and its a Clusterf**K. Having 2 UIs in one OS is a recipe for disaster as M$ is finding out the hard way. SUCK IT Micro$oft.
5 6 [Posted by: j7  | Date: 11/20/12 10:55:02 PM]
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Who ever would have thought we could agree on something. Of course, your tone is still an issue...
4 1 [Posted by: Nightgawk  | Date: 11/21/12 12:04:33 AM]
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You think Microsoft is going to be affected because you said so? Then I am the king of England. No really face it every new laptop/PC people buy is going to be loaded with one.
3 3 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 11/21/12 12:24:53 AM]
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Problem is they aren't buying laptops/pc's as much anymore, It's tablets IOS or Android, Which is why Microsoft has now released surface to try and play catch up.
For those without anything and buying a pc then windows 8 will be fine and they wont know any different, For those who have Windows 7 and use it on desktop without touchscreen, Windows 8 is a pointless upgrade,Probably why it's so cheap as it is basically Windows 7 with tiles
3 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 11/21/12 02:44:01 AM]
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I hear you. If you are saying MS cant make a filthy profit then yes I agree but it will still be a lot of profits at the end of the cycle for that OS despite the shrinking PC/laptop market. MS seems to be sad they couldn't make a day light robbery. The funny thing is people claim how they just put off a purchase because of Windows 8. They've got one choice which is to buy the laptop/PC format it and load whatever OS they like. If they really expect people to think they wont buy a system because it has Windows 8 in it I call BS.
4 1 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 11/21/12 05:39:06 AM]
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@jmlxg - So should Intel suck it up? All those ultrabooks lying around now that nobody wants. And with Secure Boot, I can't even run a Linux distro in its place. Intel shares are tanking. And when Apple kiss them goodbye, Intel are going to have a crisis.
4 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/21/12 02:48:50 AM]
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Not to be a hipster, but i am using windows 8 currently, and i like it actually.

At first i sware i hate it and called it disaster, but with a few tweaking, like basically make it more windows 7ish, by using explorer ++ and Classic Shell, its not bad, and i like the stupid charms thing, it allows you to read newspaper at the same time your doing compute, its really multitasking friendly, however you want to avoid some pitfalls, while installations, like create local account and not Microsoft account and disable updating and stuff, but granted i liked how Microsoft gave me those option at install.

I agree that people using Windows 7, want to remain with it.

But windows 8 have very beautiful light interface, like the Aero takes some RAM in window 7 , but people with 4GB will not notice how much light windows 8 is, anyway its not half bad, they changed alot of the internal stuff, and alot of drivers is added by defualt like AMD a75 hudson chipset RAID and the APU graphic card, and i like the copy feature, and installation is fast and quicker, and it boots faster, there are pros and cons.

I have the new ribbon file manager its plain ugly, and why when i go to the charms menu i have notification of my date that takes half my screen, like i know the date people i dont wana be reminded every 5 secs, i dont have Alzheimer.
4 4 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 11/21/12 12:31:53 AM]
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1 10 [Posted by: snakefist  | Date: 11/21/12 02:33:08 AM]
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Win 7 is dead you say, How much are you willing to bet.
I see Windows 7 staying around for a very long time unless Microsoft brings back the start button in Windows 8,And don't laugh there is rumours seeing how poorly Windows 8 is selling. Microsoft support for Windows 7 won't run out till 2020!
5 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 11/21/12 02:57:42 AM]
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AMD is not dead until the fat lady sings.

Faster program execution is related to your file storage medium. If you are using HDD, than that is slowing you down. A SSD could be use, but you will have to worry more about your data being lost because of the wear and tear that writes does to NAND Flash memory. A hybrid drive gives the best of both worlds which is fast accessing and just about infinite writes. A 64-bit processor does not help in executing data faster. The file system also affects how fast a program can execute.

I doubt Windows 7 is more efficient compared to previous Windows version. Today's processors are several times faster than Windows was first designed to run on. Windows 7 has more bells and whistles, so it will run slower than older versions of Windows.

I have not use Windows 7. I dislike Windows XP. Windows 98 was OK. I like Windows 3.1 because it was easy to fix and it was easy to configure, but I did not like to use utilities called uninstallers to get rid of application data. I use Linux because it is easy to configure and to fix.
1 1 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 11/21/12 08:45:27 PM]
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Ram these days is so cheap it's not even an issue. 4gb is not even entry level anymore is it? Even budget pc's I see have 8gb these days.
2 0 [Posted by: ozegamer  | Date: 11/21/12 02:51:28 AM]
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first of all, AMD IS DEAD!

secondly, i'm not currently using it, but definitely will switch at least one of home computers, to be ready if company decides so.

thirdly, 'is it vista again?' - i know that this will meet a lot of opposition and flaming, but... well win7 and vista are treated as heaven and hell and what's the ESSENTIAL difference? directx? faster boot time? yup, but this is hardly essential.

what WOULD be essential is faster program execution or significantly less resources used. better usage of multiple cores. dedicated 64-bit system. (i won't go into kernel stuff at all)

what was the point? well, not too different from 'best windows ever which took 4 years to reach 11 years older second predecessor in market share, WITH usage of forceful methods wherever applicable'

so - same bag, vista/win7/win8 last one even more efficient at some workload than predecessor at current time, which means more in the future...

ugly interface - yes. confusing - yup, but how to call vista/win7 changes in control panel applications that include name and location only?

and copy feature, for god sake it took them 20 years to implement it - but at least it is here now. i'm going along win8 and AMD IS DEAD and XP IS DEAD! oh, i would like to add VISTA AND WIN7 ARE DEAD!
1 3 [Posted by: snakefist  | Date: 11/21/12 11:11:55 PM]
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0 8 [Posted by: JanGozi  | Date: 11/21/12 04:11:19 AM]
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Better start coding then.
7 0 [Posted by: Nightgawk  | Date: 11/21/12 04:41:20 AM]
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0 7 [Posted by: JanGozi  | Date: 11/21/12 04:55:08 AM]
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Careful whit you wish for, you may get it... chinese anyone?
1 0 [Posted by: donnyballgame1  | Date: 11/21/12 03:15:28 PM]
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Call it The People's OS. I tell you one thing, it ain't gonna come out of USA. BTW, are you taking your medicine? You're sounding a tad grandiose.
6 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/21/12 05:17:40 PM]
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The windows 8 interface may have been a great option as a home screen, but to have it force fed to me is an in insult to my personal choices and individual freedom. Im still not sure where the media center plays out in 8 as I have thus far heard nothing about it or migrating my tuners. I'm sure the children will like it, but then the children don't pay the bills.
0 0 [Posted by: donnyballgame1  | Date: 11/21/12 03:10:06 PM]
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The Windows Media Center is now a $15 ADD-ON and only available on Win8PRO (higher$) version of Win8.
When I saw that I thought they were crazy, but after seeing Win8 I know they are.
0 0 [Posted by: fdunn  | Date: 11/24/12 02:20:54 PM]
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I can only say, "HAW-HAW!".
0 0 [Posted by: JumentoRider  | Date: 11/21/12 05:01:33 PM]
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Microsoft is trying Windows as an easy upgrade from one version and then to the next. Windows is an operating system that requires a clean installation for each Windows version. It is not like a rolling release Linux distribution. Still a rolling release Linux distribution requires spring cleaning by doing a clean installation of the latest Linux distribution.

When Microsoft introduce Windows 8 as upgrades at a cheaper price than previous prices for Windows upgrade copies, it shows that it is another Windows Vista or ME version. From what I read, the Metro UI is a kinda of a turn off for desktop and notebook users with out a touchscreen. This means for all Windows users.
1 0 [Posted by: tecknurd  | Date: 11/21/12 08:54:53 PM]
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This is an age related problem. If one is in their 70's Xp was the peak of their brain and adoption poweres, If in their 60's Win 7 is fine. In their 40/50's it is just acceptable., a steep learning curve but for the below 40 and above 20 years age group. Under 20 bring it on.
0 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 11/21/12 09:09:29 PM]
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I hope you meant below 14 and above 2 years old "bring it on".
This is a toy interface and nothing more.
0 0 [Posted by: fdunn  | Date: 11/24/12 02:25:15 PM]
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