Fujitsu blames "weak" Windows 8 launch for its lower PC shipments

While other PC makers such as Dell have said there is a lot of interest in Windows 8 since it launched two months ago, that feeling is not shared by all PC hardware companies.

Today, the president of Japan-based Fujitsu put his finger on Windows 8 as part of the reason why the company will not ship as many PCs as it anticipated for its current fiscal year.

Bloomberg reports that demand for Windows 8 is "weak" so far, according to Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto. The company had previously predicted it would ship about seven million PCs for its fiscal year that ends on March 31, 2013. Now it says its PC shipments will be around six million units.

However, Windows 8 doesn't get the full blame from Yamamoto. He also says that PC demand in Europe, which is getting hit hard by its long running economic recession, is also slumping. Even with these issues, Yamamoto claims that Fujitsu won't be discounting its PCs to boost sales. Fujitsu gets about 20 percent of its total revenues from sales of PCs and mobile devices.

Fujitsu is the only known PC maker to announce a Windows 8-based tablet that will run on an AMD processor. However, the tablet, the Fujitsu Stylistic Q572, has yet to go on sale.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Fujitsu

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Has Fujitsu even looked at their own designs? Their stuff looks pretty bland compared to other Windows 8 pcs. One of the main reasons other companies are doing better is designs, build quality and ease for the customer. Fujitsu isn't on that list for me, maybe for others, but when it comes to buying a new laptop for the family I go with a company that they would be able to work with

The buzz just isn't there. I don't hear anyone talking about it, the marketing seems half-assed and I just don't see Windows 8 anywhere outside the negative press. Meanwhile, people were going ape **** over Windows 7. Hell, even today, it's still the most-talked about version of Windows. It doesn't make everything else bad, but it does say something about Windows 8...

I loved Vista a lot, I installed it on all my PCs, I was impressed by the advertisements, I tried to convince everyone that it is good, and I did not understand why the people did not like it, well, I loved the glass interface but hated the colors a bit.

Still, that Vista was not a success, looking at Windows 8 I now understand why.

Produce something half of the people don't like, release it totally unfinished, delay the hardware for a few months, release the hardware totally overpriced and rare to find, get a lot of negative press on what you have done, fire the Windows manager and replace it with the one that started the problem, combine all of that stupidity together and you will understand why that thing does not sell.

I can see the Windows 8 critics are out in full force wearing their tired, boring, predictable, usual rhetoric of posting entirely in the context of feeling persecuted by Windows 8 fanboys.

President of Fujitsu: PC demand in Europe, which is getting hit hard by its long running economic recession, is also slumping.


Jeremy Davies, CEO of channel analyst Context,speaking about Europe PC sales : Despite the uncertain economy, PC sales through IT distribution in the two weeks prior to launch and including the week itself actually rose 7.8 per cent (288k units) [year-on-year],".

Fujitsu fail

I am starting to notice a pattern here:
a) "anti" windows 8, show numbers of sales.
b) pro windows 8 show... people dancing.

Brony said,
I am starting to notice a pattern here:
a) "anti" windows 8, show numbers of sales.
b) pro windows 8 show... people dancing.

Also:

Reports that Windows 8 is doing great = come directly from Microsoft.

Reports that Windows 8 is doing poorly = come from every other source on the planet.

Microsoft: here's some real hard facts(actual sales numbers). 40 Million sold in one month.

Negative reports: Some old guys sitting in a mall seeing how many people enter the apple and Microsoft stores means Windows 8 is failing.

OEMS: we made crappy overpriced and difficult to find hardware, and a lot of people are choosing to upgrade Windows 8 on the cheap instead of giving us money for our crappy machines,so our sales are low.

Michael Dell, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of one of the largest PC manufacturers in the world, said during the Dell World conference that Microsoft's latest operating system is more popular than one might think when reading internet sites.

Bloomberg.com reports that Dell said during Dell World in Austin, Texas that the interest in Windows 8 is quite high.


keep

vcfan said,
Microsoft: here's some real hard facts(actual sales numbers). 40 Million sold in one month.

Yes but it includes the OEM that is not the same than those reached to the end user. Also the fact that MS spend a fortune in marketing and how Windows8 can be purchased by a penny.

Yeah if Fujitsu actually gave a damn about Windows then they wouldn't be doing so badly.

When doing well: take all the credit.
When doing bad: blame Windows.

It really doesn't surprise me. I was in best buy last weekend and in the 30 minutes I was there looking at monitors 2 people asked for computers that had windows 7 and not 8.

I was also in bestbuy over Christmas lots of people were buying the surface, one store sold out pretty quick, the laptop were also selling like hotcakes in several best buys and futureshops.

I haven't seen a single Fujitsu advert online or on TV, I don't think it should be a one way thing of Fujitsu relying on Microsoft's Windows 8 advertisement to move more units.

I don't think they are over priced, but if they were selling on the same quantity as say; Dell or HP then you would see a much more affordable laptop.

Fujitsu has always focused on the business end of the consumer market.

Enc0rix said,
Their laptops are totally overpriced.

But the build quality is AWESOME! Oh wait... the first Fujitsu laptop I bought was BSODing when downloading because of an IRQ conflict with the wifi card (IRQ conflicts in 2007... seriously?) and I had to buy and install another miniPCI card because Fujitsu didn't want to fix the problem. Then one year later the GPU died because it was one of the defective Nvidia ones, not Fujitsu's fault of course, but they kept the laptop almost 2 months and when I got it back one cap of the screen hinges was missing and the whole cover was inflated because they didn't re-assemble it well. What a nightmare.

How many tablets/PCs do they actually offer with Win 8?
The Q572 that is pictured above has absolutely horrible specs and is insanely overpriced.

Sounds to me like that company is run by a bunch of morons.

lol,stupid oems. that's why Microsoft is now in the hardware business.

maybe fujitsu didn't make any compelling hardware,and people decided to upgrade windows instead of shelling out money for something that's been already available for ages?

Huh? The Q702 that was supposed to come out before Windows 8 was released as a "hey, get it now with Windows 7, even though we're showing it with Windows 8 at all the trade shows, just use that 14.99 upgrade when Windows 8 comes out) didn't get released until the middle of November, and it wasn't sold with Windows 8 until LAST WEEK(the week after we broke down and bought ours). We'd been waiting to order one with 3G, but those still aren't available(technical support said we could add it, now they are backtracking and are saying we can't).

Of course your sales number suck, when none of the products are available to buy.

Lord Method Man said,

No way. According to Neowin evangelists Windows 8 is the fastest, best-selling, most popular, most beloved OS in the history of 1s and 0s.


The lower % still accounts for a huge amount of computers more. Didn't internet traffic and users double in the same timeperiod?

that is the most ridiculous article I've ever read.

so let me get this straight. the title is windows 8 uptake is behind vistas uptake. his stats say vista had about 0.6% more uptake.

the data he uses isn't even complete. while vistas percentage was after a whole 2 months, windows 8 data falls even before Christmas.

second, just because percentage uptake is lower doesn't mean there aren't more people who bought windows 8. there are more windows pcs now than there were when vista or windows 7 were released.

third, windows 8 now has apps. maybe people are using these apps instead of actually using the web browser to read these "sites" that netapplications monitors. Netflix for example is very popular,and windows 8 has a Netflix app. people using the app exclusively will not show up on these stats.

fourth, using netapplications stats will never give you close figures,so the margin of error can be pretty big. these stats might be good at giving a bigger pictures at ten percentages,but such small numbers are to difficult to gague.

PmRd said,

Hey captain buzzkill, don't you have candy to steal from babies somewhere? And your's isn't even clever. I said Fujits-who because in all my years of IT I never saw anyone with a Fujitsu computer.


In all MY years of IT supporting charities and government I've seen lots of Fujitsu-Siemens branded computers. They are pretty solid machines compared to the Dell cheap tat I usually support.

TheLegendOfMart said,

In all MY years of IT supporting charities and government I've seen lots of Fujitsu-Siemens branded computers. They are pretty solid machines compared to the Dell cheap tat I usually support.

Yep true, they also made brandless products that are sold to other companies that put their branding on them too.

Exactly, bring in some outdated hardware that cannot compete and then blame it on the OS.

Fujitsu, you better shut your mouth as there are no alternatives to really sell well other than Windows for your PC's. Its your only chance for now

PmRd said,

Hey captain buzzkill, don't you have candy to steal from babies somewhere? And your's isn't even clever. I said Fujits-who because in all my years of IT I never saw anyone with a Fujitsu computer.

Well here I am at least one, well you can't actually see me However I work for Fujitsu and I'm furnished with a company laptop. I wish I could afford a Fujitsu tablet, but unfortunately I'm going to have to purchase a Surface Pro, as it fits better into my budget

PmRd said,
I said Fujits-who because in all my years of IT I never saw anyone with a Fujitsu computer.

I had the original Windows tablet, the Fujitsu Stylistic, running XP TabletPC edition 2005.
Other than that, I haven't seen many either

PmRd said,

Hey captain buzzkill, don't you have candy to steal from babies somewhere? And your's isn't even clever. I said Fujits-who because in all my years of IT I never saw anyone with a Fujitsu computer.

It is the world's third-largest IT services provider measured by revenues (after IBM and Hewlett-Packard).[5]

john.smith_2084 said,
Netflix app? well, a visit to their website will give you the same functionality

Netflix website? Using the app will give you the same functionality + intergrated experience.

vcfan said,
that is the most ridiculous article I've ever read.

Not only what you pointed out, but the reporter doesn't include Windows 8 Touch in with the Windows 8 statistics. It's not much, but it seem disingenuous to do so.

Further, I never really felt comfortable with Hitslink. They only have a network of 40,000 websites, and derive the stats from 150M pageviews per month. Statcounter has a network of 3M websites and records 15B pageviews per month. The big difference between the two is statcounter tracks pageviews while hitslink tracks unique users. Depending on how Hitslink defines a user, they can end up with very different results. Comparing the two, Hitslink tends to understate consumer systems compared to Statcounter.

I like Statcounter's data because they provide daily statistics from a much wider network of websites. Sometimes there are slight anomalies in the data, but the trend always corrects itself. Currently stat counter has Windows 8 at about 2.7% weekend users. 1.8% weekday users worldwide.