As Intel announces a CEO transition, Paul Thurrott reports Windows 8 PC sales have missed...

As Intel announces a CEO transition, Paul Thurrott reports Windows 8 PC sales have missed Microsoft's (MSFT) internal projections. He adds Microsoft is blaming the inability of OEMs to execute, though like others, he thinks that's far from the only culprit, and calls the OS a "Frankenstein’s monster mix of old and new that hides a great desktop upgrade under a crazy Metro front-end." Separately, Newegg says its Windows 8 sales are slow, though notebook demand is beginning to improve.

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  • wigit5
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    Although it's unconfirmed this gives me pause at adding to either INTC or MSFT at this point. The holiday season is right around the corner, and I would expect a new windows version to have slow uptake since the Vista disaster...


    Personally waiting for some good holiday sales to upgrade to SSD's on my PC and then I'll get W8.


    Sidelined till we get some holiday sales numbers I think.
    19 Nov 2012, 10:14 AM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    oem's haven't executed? excuse me. bestbuy is FULL of pc's with windows 8. but you won't find a single surface there.
    the only oem that hasn't executed is microsoft.
    and the reason people aren't buy windows 8 is it's hideous metro front end.
    19 Nov 2012, 10:34 AM Reply Like
  • stealthology
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    Metro is made for touch, and is going to be most useful for tablets. Guess where the future is heading? Tablets and touch screens in general.


    If using a PC without touch, getting from the metro interface to the MUCH improved Windows 8 desktop is as simple as hitting the Windows key or clicking on the desktop icon.
    19 Nov 2012, 10:42 AM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    Windows 8 is for those who want the touch technology or who are buying a new PC or tablet. Otherwise Win7 works great unless you need the most new technology.


    Win8 will do well over time. The problem is Win7 works well for most current users and so there has to be a compelling reason to change to Win8 unless you are changing your hardware to touch technology.


    MSFT has created a vehicle of 15% plus growth for the next three years and that is great for MSFT shareholders.
    19 Nov 2012, 12:36 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    yea that's the party line ... but it seems to be falling on deaf ears with corporations and the masses. doesn't it.


    and why on earth wouldn't microsoft solve this very simple to solve problem by giving users a one click solution to switch to 'classic' interface?


    because users aren't intelligent enough to be able to choose which interface they prefer? that position is delusional.
    19 Nov 2012, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    there is a one click, desktop tile, to the desktop. THE "METRO" INTERFACE IS NOTHING BUT A FULLSCREEN START MENU THAT IS OPEN BY DEFAULT. There is no magic here
    20 Nov 2012, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    the general user will never figure that out...
    20 Nov 2012, 09:12 AM Reply Like
  • JohnKeown
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    I installed the upgrade to Windows 8 on day one. It took over 2 hours, even working with the DVD. Then my Toshiba notebook has a minor problem. When I boot it, it freezes. So it has to reboot before it will successfully run.


    On the positive side, there are lots of good apps, most of them free.
    19 Nov 2012, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • jjmc2001
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    Who is Paul Thurrott and why is his opinion highlighted as news?
    19 Nov 2012, 11:28 AM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    He runs a well-known Windows site. And in this case, he isn't just expressing an opinion. He's relaying sales information from a Microsoft source.
    19 Nov 2012, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • Big MO
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    This appears to be a major blunder by softies. Too confusing for the public target. They should have been happy to just copy Apple with the touch thing, after all the history of MSFT from the very beginning has been to copy success, not make innovation.
    19 Nov 2012, 12:00 PM Reply Like
  • txbeekeeper
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    Apple has copyrighted and patented the heck out of their phones and tablets. Note their court battles with Samsung. Unrealistic to copy directly.


    Windows 7 had similar slow uptake with more aggressive discounting by Microsoft originally. XP had a good uptake since the previous 3 generations of Windows were unstable. What will drive the uptake of Windows8 in the corporate market is the ability for Corporate IT to administer desktops, laptops and tablets (and maybe eventually phones) from the same software/security administration system. Ipad is a nightmare for them to administer. In addition, Apple does very little discounting in the corporate channel which will help the OEMs penetrate with Win8 but of course will drive only commodity margins.
    19 Nov 2012, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • casselp_2000
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    I second BigMO- MSFT has a big anchor called Ballmer. MSFT stock has stagnated for the last 10 years (I know,'cause I formerly owned some) since SB took the helm.
    Is it within reasonable expectation that SB step down from his precious power position and permit MSFT to actually reinvent (starting with itself) its development team and formidable legacy?
    19 Nov 2012, 01:36 PM Reply Like
  • txbeekeeper
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    I don't know why these old growth companies don't just stop hording or wasting cash on sustaining their empires and start returning fat dividends to investors. MSFT throws off enough cash for a big dividend, share buybacks on market pull backs AND a healthy R&D budget. Some day MSFT and AAPL will be the past but if they never return any money to shareholders then the ultimate return will have been consumed by the management.
    20 Nov 2012, 09:54 AM Reply Like
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