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Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing. But here’s the catch: The software giant blames the slow start on lackluster PC maker designs and availability, further justifying its new Surface strategy. But Windows 8’s market acceptance can be blamed on many factors.

One of my most trusted sources at Microsoft confirmed Windows 8’s weak start this week. And with all of the drama surrounding Windows 8 and the recent, unexpected departure of Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, rumors are sure to swirl. But looked at logically, some trends emerge.

Source.

Interesting article by Paul Thurrott that dissects many factors contributing to this alleged situation.


Edit: here are the factors discussed in the article:

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Microsoft blames the PC makers.

(...)

Lingering questions about Sinofsky.

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It’s the economy, stupid.

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Confusing range of device types.

(...)

Windows 8.

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Windows RT.

(...)

Surface.

(...)

Intel.




UPDATE:


Newegg spoke about Windows 8's sales, confirming the rumour:

Here it is:
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The folks at ReadWriteWeb have found a tie breaker: Merle McIntosh, Newegg's Product Management chief for North America. McIntosh spoke to the site on record, and his take seems to lend weight to the rumor mongers.
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Nevertheless, McIntosh says Newegg and its partners planned for an "explosion" at the Windows 8 launch, despite internal doubts about just show successful Windows 8 would prove internally. And the doubters turned out to be right. "[Windows 8] did not explode, as I think you know, coming out of the gate," says McIntosh.

Source: The Tech Report
Edited by tpi2007 - 11/19/12 at 6:28pm
 
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Windows RT. Imagine Apple announcing a major new version of iOS and then releasing a new tablet that runs Mac OS X instead of that new iOS version. Doesn’t make a lick of sense, does it? Well, that’s what Microsoft did: On the day that Microsoft launched Windows 8, it also launched Surface … running Windows RT. And while Windows RT is obvious a version of Windows 8, it’s a largely incompatible version of Windows 8, and one that runs in the resource constrained ARM environment. That means no existing desktop software will run on these devices, not to mention lots of hardware. Confusing? You bet. And I actually get this stuff. What’s a typical consumer to think?

I mentioned this very problem in the other Surface modest sales thread. I totally agree.
 
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W8 will be the new Vista. I have no idea what Microsoft was thinking with this tablet OS on the desktop makes no sense...
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W8 will be the new Vista. I have no idea what Microsoft was thinking with this tablet OS on the desktop makes no sense...
With classic shell I cant tell the difference. Resource management has improved for me, that and I can boot super fast now. So far its an improvement over W7
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Well if they didn't have a stupid tablet/app looking desktop I might of purchased it...
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Of course it isn't selling well. My store is seeing VERY little demand for Windows 8 and while I won't name names one of my reps from our biggest supplier said he was seeing very little demand for Windows 8 and Windows 8 based computers.

They made a bunch of questionable decisions, Microsoft is trying to transition itself into a more closed, more Apple like business but they are very confused about how to do that. In the meantime they are going to continue to see Windows market share slip.

If you look at who is gobbling up the most mobile market share lately it is the open Android platform. Maybe that is a clue that Microsoft made a mistake in going the walled garden Apple approach in mobile.
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I think one of the main issues is just that Windows 7 is so awesome.
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The software giant blames the slow start on lackluster PC maker designs and availability

this is true, why else do Macbooks win all the consumer polls and and get the best reviews? It's hard not win by default when non-Apple PC makers are...*gulp* DELL and HP (name 1 product that you'd want to own by them? Exactly you can't)
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this is true, why else do Macbooks win all the consumer polls and and get the best reviews? It's hard not win by default when non-Apple PC makers are...*gulp* DELL and HP (name 1 product that you'd want to own by them? Exactly you can't)

the HP Z1 workstation is pretty sweet, but extremely expensive and who wants that now with the super thin iMac coming out soon? (agreeing with your point, Apple can meet most needs of the typical consumer).

and HP does a terrible job at marketing it. and even then it comes with a flimsy feeling wireless kb and mouse vs. the solid feeling magic mouse/trackpad and tenkeyless apple keyboard that feels sturdy.
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I think it's simply the timing. 7 wasn't launched too long ago and that was the one that people flocked to after XP. Plus the economy probably has something to do with it. Most people simply get their OS by purchasing a retail PC and at the moment not many people are buying laptops and desktops from what articles have been saying. So on the consumer-side there is little movement.
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