Initial Windows 8 Sales Below Microsoft Expectations – Report

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Initial sales figures for the newly-launched Windows 8 operating system are below what Microsoft has expected, a report notes.

The information comes from the well-connected Paul Thurrott who cites an unnamed source he says is one of his “most trusted sources at Microsoft”.

In his report, Mr. Thurrott says that “Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing.” [Emphasis added.]

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However, it seems Microsoft is putting the blame not on the software itself but with original equipment manufacturers for the dreary initial sales performance of its new operating system.

Mr. Thurrott says his source says that Microsoft blames the “inability to deliver” of the Redmond, Washington-based software giant’s partners.

Seeming to lend credence to this – and as the report also notes – is the fact that Microsoft has launched its first ever personal computer, Microsoft Surface with Windows RT.

Microsoft, if the blame is to be put upon the shoulders of its OEM partners, may be looking to build its own hardware because of lack of innovation in the PC industry, the site suggests.

Furthermore, from what we currently observe, Microsoft is not trumpeting how well Windows 8 has sold leading us to believe that there’s a high likelihood that what Mr. Thurrott says is true.

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