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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