“8” Kills Sales of PCs

“retail PC sales were down 26 per cent year on year during four weeks after the arrival of Microsoft’s new operating system

see Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz • The Register.

Not only did “8” fail to revive global x86 CPU business, it killed it. People just are not interested despite the ads, extra stores and M$’s “brand”. The reason is that consumers have lots of better choices: Android/Linux smart phones, ARMed smart thingies and when the consumers buys two or three of those gadgets, the consumer has not much need of a fire-breating ATX box or a clumsy notebook. Competing on price/performance is something M$ has not had to do in a long time. Welcome to 2012. 2013 should be even better.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to “8” Kills Sales of PCs

  1. ram says:

    I was at an invitation only Asian IT trade show last night. The Microsoft stand didn’t have much traffic. The Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers that only make motherboards that run Microsoft also didn’t have much traffic – most of their traffic was people asking if the boards ran Linux and walking away.

    The Shuttle Computer stand was busy, very busy. All their display machines were running Linux (Ubuntu in this case). People were interested in their boxes for digital signage, network storage, point of sales computing applications, embedded systems, and media creation workstations. All on Linux!

    The Intel stand was relatively busy. They were showing off several of their motherboards and their new NUC machines, all of which run Linux. Intel’s stand would have been busier except most of this conferences attendees also attended the Intel Channel Conference a few weeks earlier.

    The AMD stand was a bit sad. Many people were saying they liked the new chips, but where are the motherboards for them?

    Gigabyte’s new motherboards only run Microsoft 8, but curiously their new brochure makes no mention of any operating systems and don’t mention that dirty UEFI word. It is like they are preparing to switch to Linux when Microsoft 8 flops.

    The case, power supply, and memory manufacturers all had some very nice new products. The build quality on all these items continues to get better and better.
    The 2.4 GHz and even 3 GHz memory modules were impressive.

  2. dougman says:

    Windows 8 is a flat our failure, when 95 came out people were buying 2-3 copies at a clip. There were people standing in line to purchase it and did not even have a computer!

    The realm of computers has changed in the past 15+ years, and as much as M$ wanted to corner the market and be greedy, they lost out and I gesture to say, will become rather irrelevant in the years to come.

    With the death of $1000 tablets, one reads this today:

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/100-androidlinux-tablet-hits-funding-goal-ships-in-january/

    A $100 tablet that can run both Android and Linux is on the verge of becoming a reality.

    ..will be able to dual-boot Android 4.0 and a version of Linux with the touch-friendly KDE Plasma Active interface. The dual-booting scenario involves running Android from internal memory and Linux from a bootable SD card.

  3. Mats Hagglund says:

    Even many dedicated followers of Windows ecosystem have mentioned several times during this year that Windows 8 looks terrible and useless. It looks like Microsoft is a kind of new Neanderthal in software battleground.

  4. kozmcrae says:

    Robert Pogson wrote:

    “Welcome to 2012.”

    The year 2012 was supposed to be the end of the World. Maybe they got their wires crossed and it’s the end of Microsoft’s world. Well, at least the end of their world as they know it.

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