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Is Windows 8 making a bad situation worse for the (non-Apple) PC industry? NPD believes U.S....

Is Windows 8 making a bad situation worse for the (non-Apple) PC industry? NPD believes U.S. retail sales of Windows gear is down 21% Y/Y since Oct. 26, the day Win. 8 launched. Notebooks -24% and desktops -9%. Also, thanks to inventory-clearing and perhaps also a cautious enterprise response, Win. 8 has only made up 58% of Windows device sales since launch time, compared with 83% for Windows 7 in its first 4 weeks. 6% of Win. 8 notebook sales involved touchscreens, and ASPs rose to $477 from $433 in the year-ago period. (40M licenses)
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  • wigit5
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    We can't be sure until after the holidays... to many variables and unknowns at this point... speculation is dangerous here in my opinion.
    29 Nov 2012, 10:34 AM Reply Like
  • GaltMachine
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    Consumers like me, have figured out that buying any MS product at launch is a mistake. You wait for the inevitable onslaught of patches to be sent out before you commit. It could take 6 mths before you get anything resembling stability.


    I tried demoing the product at my local BJ's and I had to laugh. The opening screen says activation is required before you can launch it; so much for trying it out.


    I am still scarred by my Vista experience - what a piece of crap it is.
    29 Nov 2012, 10:37 AM Reply Like
  • 2MuchDebt
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    I agree. I have transitioned to Apple hardware and software. It's easy and reliable, unlike Microsoft.
    29 Nov 2012, 10:41 AM Reply Like
  • westcoastinvests
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    Well at least now we know what news has been hammering INTC this morning.
    29 Nov 2012, 10:38 AM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    True, I was wondering why INTC was getting nailed...


    Although INTC is also in Apple desk/laptops so maybe undeservedly getting nailed.
    29 Nov 2012, 10:41 AM Reply Like
  • russellm454
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    Today economy is much different than when Win7 or XP were released. Its foolish to base health of a company of product based on these comparisons.
    29 Nov 2012, 11:59 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    Ya ,"it's the new normal".
    29 Nov 2012, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • Big MO
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    A major screw-up for the softies. They made it too confusing: RT?? What's that? Just call it Windows Touch and don't confuse us with an upgrade of a just fine Windows 7.
    29 Nov 2012, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • edjutoo
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    I've got 2 new computers running Win 8, and my experience is as follows:
    I never read the instructions on anything anymore. If it's not intuitive for me to handle it, I wouldn't recommend it. I have been a Windows user starting out with their first edition...what was it~1.4???
    And, I'm 75.
    It took me about 7 total hours to be able to get past the Window 8 opening screen, and create the Win 7 look, that I was accustomed to for 3 years. Win 8's opening screen of course caters to the current touch screen fad, and I am not one of those. I have been able to create/set up my PC desk top and task bar to a near complete duplicate of my Win 7 settings. Setting up the second PC took less than an hour to set up to replicate Win 7. At first, I thought that Win 8 would be the demise of Microsoft, but now, after setting up two computers with 8, non of which are touchy types, I have no regrets. Win 7 or 8 is now much the same to me, except for the opening screen.
    I have observed that Win 8 closes and opens faster than 7, and that's about it.
    29 Nov 2012, 02:11 PM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    I purchased a Chromebook about a year ago. I opened the lid it turned it self on I logged in with my Google log on and password and everything was the same as my desktop running Chrome,10 seconds later. I just mentioned this because that is what Windows 8 is competing against. It also gets about 9-10 hours of battery life.
    I too started early with DOS 3.0 and have had just about enough of Mr Softy.
    29 Nov 2012, 07:55 PM Reply Like
  • trustworthy360
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    Installed windows 8 on two computers purchased recently. Still using the desktop, which is basically the windows 7 format. Also purchased the new surface tablet. I believe the upgrade has future possibilities, but so long that the apps are limited, the apple Ipad is the most logical choice for most.
    29 Nov 2012, 02:43 PM Reply Like
  • donmlp
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    Surface Tablet with min memory 1000.00 they have to be kidding They will be lucky if they sell at 500.00
    29 Nov 2012, 05:08 PM Reply Like
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