Rumor: Windows 8 sales "well below" Microsoft's expectations [Update]


Sales of Windows 8 haven't met expectations, according to a new report citing unnamed sources.

Windows 8, along with new PCs that have Windows 8 pre-installed, have been available to purchase for three weeks now. But are early sales already tanking? A well-known Microsoft insider website claims that is indeed the case.

Paul Thurrott, of Supersite for Windows, writes today that, based on unnamed sources, "Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing." The article doesn't go into any more specifics in terms of unit sales, nor does it break down how many Windows 8 PCs have been sold versus how many software upgrades have been purchased.

The article does claim, again via its unnamed insider, that Microsoft puts part of the low Windows 8 sales blame on PC makers for creating new devices that were, in the company's opinion, "lackluster." However, it also speculates that the low Windows 8 sales could be caused by a number of other factors, including the UI design of Windows 8 itself and the overall state of the world economy.

Of course, Microsoft may have seen this coming and that could be one of the reasons why it decided to cut Steven Sinofsky, the head of the Windows division, loose this week. We have contacted Microsoft to see if they wish to comment on this report.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has responded but has told Neowin, "Microsoft doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation."

Source: Supersite for Windows | Image via Microsoft

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1. Who said it is mobile UI. It is destined to be a common UI across different computing platform by MS and when it does it is smooth.
2. Fact: a lot of people brains do not get affected by switching. It do not switch constantly and on its own, and when it does it is smooth and subtle.
3. A lot of people would hardly leave start screen who checks mail, browse, listen to music, or see videos
4. No matter what,. Is this your will or something else

1. The problem is that it's just the start screen that's Metro, the desktop UI being a step back from Windows 7 in terms of looks. More, the desktop UI lacks polish, and feels like a dinosaur abandoned in a tablet era. If the desktop was metro-ized, we'd speak maybe about one, coherent interface.
2. That's your opinion and others, mine and others found this displeasing.
3. Agree. But for other people the new start screen is absolutely useless. So at least, for Christ's sake, why not giving people an option to skip the new start screen? (we're not speaking about 3rd party solutions).
4. Of course, everyone is subjective in the end. Sales will speak the truth.

This... Exactly this.

All haters are:
a. Trolls
b. MS haters because they don't have another purpose in life
c. Apple cultists
d. people who all into the 1-7 category

jaffers said,
For all the mourners of start button and start menu, read:
1. The start menu is very much there, but in a new way. All installed applications are in front of user. No more clicks required to reach them as it was in start menu. It is the same analogy but more simplified.
2. The start screen have live tiles. So much constantly updated info at your finger tips.
3. You can group the tiles just like you used to group under folders in start menu
4. Seamless integration of facebook, twitter (not used), and linked-in. Now mostly you do not have to visit those sites. The content is available on desktop
5. Start menu search was less refined. Now after entering search criteria select any of the sub categories like, app, store, files ... etc for more refined search.
6. Go over some of the good apps in the store and you would get hooked to them soon.
7. If you have apps for the desktop (like I do) it switches to desktop when they run.

What more do you want for a change? unless,
i. I am used to that,
ii. I want that,
iii. I can't change
iv. Modern UI is DOA
v. Where is the start button (too much value for a simple button)
vi. I can not adapt to new ways
vii. I will not use it (but Win8 important enough that I curse it ) constantly

When you are hung over and you suddenly find yourself being faced with the massively bright tiles and lurid colours of TIFKAM at work after a night out is not a pleasant experience, especially on an 27" LED monitor

Duh!!

Surely they weren't expecting sales to be through the roof? They released this version of Windows WAY to soon after 7, for one thing. This ISN'T Linux where an upgrade is necessary every 2-3 years, although it feels more like 6 months!!

cork1958 said,
Duh!!

Surely they weren't expecting sales to be through the roof? They released this version of Windows WAY to soon after 7, for one thing. This ISN'T Linux where an upgrade is necessary every 2-3 years, although it feels more like 6 months!!


They are doing this to prevent another vista on the market.

bigmehdi said,
So when it's bad news on win8, it's "rumors".

When it's conjecture based on unnamed sources and not backed with any actual proof, it's rumors. The only ones taking this as gospel are fanboys and haters. Doesn't matter if you love or hate Win8, it's not hard to figure that out.

I'd be surprised if the word "rumor" was used on an article praising win8.
It's obvious to me that the writer didn't want to be responsible for any bad publicity by using the word rumor.

Mikeffer said,
"Rumor" stopped reading there.

lol not stopping you from telling people how it is though..
like the guy further up the page you told isn't entitled to dislike win 8 because he didn't try it yet.
(note: his response was that he has LOL)

/fail train goes shuggah chuggah chooo choooooooo

I am Not PCyr said,

lol not stopping you from telling people how it is though..
like the guy further up the page you told isn't entitled to dislike win 8 because he didn't try it yet.
(note: his response was that he has LOL)

/fail train goes shuggah chuggah chooo choooooooo

Since his comment made no real bones on the original article then this comment of yours may as well hop on the carriage behind me...

/fail train again booshoo whaa woo wtf...

The comments in this thread are embarrassing. You guys get all worked up for nothing. Reflection of the Internet society I guess and these titles that bring in the crazies.

Leopard Seal said,
Windows XP had a slow adoption rate, but went on to be a Microsoft success. Give 8 some time and the same will happen for it. We have to remember that PT's whole gig is to drive attention and clicks to his site. Whether any rumors he creates have any validity is secondary.

http://www.crn.com/news/channe...ws-xp-slow-to-take-hold.htm

fair point in the story.. why bother rushing to upgrade if you were already using win2k ?
So yeah why bother using Win 8 if you Win 7install works just fine ?

and everyone i knew was telling me to my face that they were concerned about the new activation technology rolled out on XP. and i searched the net back then about it all the time and i know i wasn't the only one
seems nobody is remembering that though.. selective memory maybe ?

The same will happen "for it" ?
uhh no sorry not likely.. there is no way in hell Windows 8 will considered a success like XP.. no matter how much time we give it lol

on the contrary we will start seeing jokes on TV such as when "The big bang theory" were repeatedly bashing Vista lol

The major issue I had with Windows 8 is it feels a lot like the early versions of MacOS X - it has two user experiences (Modern/Metro and Desktop) and you constantly find yourself moving between them to run different apps. There aren't a whole lot of programs that are available for Start Screen and when you add traditional Windows programs to the system you switch to the Desktop to run them. Perhaps when there are more 3rd party apps available (but when them having to go thru the Win 8 store it may be a while...) it may be more attractive to move to Windows 8.

The early versions of MacOS X also included a classic mode (MacOS 9) that allowed users to run programs that were not converted to the new environment (for example ClarisWorks). Eventually this was removed after version 10.4 and people could ONLY run programs designed for MacOS X. Also, older hardware was no longer supported (as Apple moved from the PowerPC platform to Intel-based machines) to machines with faster processors, CD drives, USB ports and newer technologies. Eventually my PowerPC G4 based desktop and G3 iBook were not upgradable to OS 10.5 (like my PowerPC G3 beige desktops were only supported thru OS 10.2...) and my choice was either to buy new hardware (which is the Apple way) or make due with an operating system that was no longer being supported at all.

Windows 7 will be a viable solution for several years and I'm sure that Windows 8 will eventually become the standard that most users will move to (especially when they upgrade their hardware) - but right now there's not a compelling reason to upgrade a well working system to the latest and greatest (at least not after 3 weeks...)

MS gets what they deserve here...maybe they will come to their senses after Sinofsky is gone and put back the start menu and an option to boot to desktop if someone wants...

People dislike having fewer options after 30 years of having a pretty much open platform... they also dislike handing almost their entire digital life to a microsoft account ...

I have never seen Microsoft spend so much $$ on ads or commercial for Windows before as I have for Windows 8. They're really desperate to get people to try Windows 8. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with it except that when a good product is released people will buy it and know about it before it is released and sale will be up (should be especially since it's cheap). Look at XP and 7...compare those two with Windows Vista half baked...same with Windows 8. If they were able to integrated Metro nicely and completed it throughout like Windows 7 (which should have been Vista) there wouldn't be so much backlash. I find it funny when one person says something against or negative about Windows 8, 5-10 fanboys jumps in like the Apple fanboys. I have always used Windows as my main, at the same time I like Apple and Google products---use what works for me. Truth is, Windows 8 has/will fail in desktop area but will do somewhat good in tablet market. Don't worry! as seen in the past, Windows 9 will be what Windows 8 could have been..simple as that. Microsoft simply keeping up with their old tradition.......

old MS; people complain....
new MS; people complain....

so... nothing new here...

and MS entering the commercial 'zone', it's just good business. MS has to compete more with Apple and Google. Why isn't anybody nagging when Apple commercials are all over the place?

MaSx said,
I have never seen Microsoft spend so much $$ on ads or commercial for Windows before as I have for Windows 8. They're really desperate to get people to try Windows 8. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with it except that when a good product is released people will buy it and know about it before it is released and sale will be up (should be especially since it's cheap). Look at XP and 7...compare those two with Windows Vista half baked...same with Windows 8. If they were able to integrated Metro nicely and completed it throughout like Windows 7 (which should have been Vista) there wouldn't be so much backlash. I find it funny when one person says something against or negative about Windows 8, 5-10 fanboys jumps in like the Apple fanboys. I have always used Windows as my main, at the same time I like Apple and Google products---use what works for me. Truth is, Windows 8 has/will fail in desktop area but will do somewhat good in tablet market. Don't worry! as seen in the past, Windows 9 will be what Windows 8 could have been..simple as that. Microsoft simply keeping up with their old tradition.......

This guy needs to shut the F up and stick his tongue somewhere relevant, his microsoft articles makes me sick, I remember him once trying to down play Microsoft surface event, he was saying Microsoft does not have the capacity to pull an apple like announcement, he thinks he knows the company, he clearly has no clue.

Realizing Win8 does not allow downgrading to XP, two weeks ago I bought a XP Box set for my soon-to-be upgraded PC. Why would Microsoft design a product that customers hate? The Office ribben kills support staff. The driver signage kills device makers. The removed low level API kills programmers. The uncustomizable Windows kills users. It Microsoft resells XP, I foresee a long queue.

Although it was a stable OS I would be hard pressed to advise anyone to go back to Windows XP (an OS from 2001) just like I wouldn't advise Mac users to return to Mac OS 9. There have been 3 major releases of Windows since then and Microsoft ISN'T gonna support XP forever...

Accepting the fact that change is always difficult also means that you can eventually learn to love a new girlfriend just like your old girlfriend. I can still look back on my DOS based applications and my old computer hardware (even my Atari 800) but there's no need for me to refuse to accept the reality of the new operating system.

I will probably accept Windows 8 as my day-to-day operating system in the coming year - especially when there are NEW applications, utilities or games that take advantage of the features of that OS. But right now Windows 7 will be my OS choice...

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