Windows 8 tablets are trickling into the UK channel but demand is still barely outstripping supply, distributors have reported.
OEMs have taken a conservative attitude to their inventory position this Christmas, ignoring bullish calls from retailers and web shops for more kit – it seems the experiences of 2011′s stock mountain are fresh in the memory.
Compare that with the situation a decade or so ago when no OEM thought they could sell anything PCish without a licence and burdensome licensing agreement with M$. How the mighty have fallen. Not only is the channel tentative about new Wintel and WARM products but the channel is rebelling against M$’s intrusion into their hardware-space. The ship is sinking and everyone wants to be in a lifeboat.