He can't, because it's BS.
I seriously wonder who these people talk to that hate 8. The only people I know that hate 8 are the people that are very tech savvy, because they hate the change in workflow. To them I say, learn to adapt.
Every person I've met so far that was not tech savvy (student, faculty, or otherwise) loves windows 8. They love the start screen, they love the touchpad gestures on their new laptops, they love their touchscreen laptops, and none of them have any problems with usability.
I've upgraded people, warned them it would be hard to use, and said I'd train them. Before I had a chance to they'd already figured out most of the OS and only had one or two questions (eg how do you change the time zone?)
8 is going to take off, especially as more and more people get touch screen laptops and computers. I can almost guarantee either this generation, or the next generation of Apple computers is going to come with touchscreens in response.
You quoted articles about the phone selling out. That means the item was popular, not that Nokia didn't make enough phones.
If the iPhone sells out, it's not because of stock shortages, it's because it's popular.
I know it's too hard for you to wrap your brain around the idea of a Windows phone being popular, but you're really going to have to get used to it.
Would you like a photo of the red Nokia Lumia I use? Or would you like a photo of the white one I have at home? I can take a photo of both of them if you want.
There was a global supply shortage. The articles confirm that.
I'm not doubting they sold strong. I know they sold strong. There was still a shortage.