While Microsoft is painting a beautiful picture about Windows 8, PC makers who try to sell the computers running the operating system become less exuberant in their evaluations.
The Windows 8 maker reported a 40 million license sales of Windows 8 last week since its debut last month. Such figure exceeds the sales of its predecessors, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Some researchers and analysts however, quibbled with the figures of Redmond.
A report from NPD a few days ago suggested that the recent sales of laptops and tablets declined since the launch of Windows 8. Computer makers also reported relatively Windows 8 sluggish sales. David Chang, chief financial officer for Asus said to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the demand for Windows 8 is not that good these days. The newspaper likewise reported that Acer executives were not certain how consumers receive Windows 8.
Component suppliers from Taiwan suggest that Microsoft may have cut down the orders this year for Surface RT tablets by half, from 4 million to 2 million due to a decreased demand that has lowered than anticipated. The software titan disputed the report that tablets running Windows RT such as Samsung, Dell and Asus are undergoing “weak” consumer demands on these devices.
The first brand of consumer tablet for Microsoft runs Windows RT, the variant for Windows 8 that optimizes ARM processors. Redmond said that a tablet called Surface Pro powered by Windows 8 and Intel Chips shall debut in January.
Toshiba general manager and vice president for America’s PC and TV business, Jeff Barney told a tech site that the days when “Windows was the only game in town” appeared to be gone and that Microsoft may have aggressive sales forecasts than Toshiba.