We have seen many reports regarding Windows 8 sales that PC OEMs were largely responsible for the poor Windows 8 device sales. Wired posted an interesting post where it got comments regarding Windows 8 sales from PC OEMs such as Toshiba, Dell and Sony. Generally they had low expectations for Windows 8 than Windows 7 because there are many more services and platforms, an underdeveloped supply chain for touch components and slow consumer education stemming to scattered branding and PR.
Sony product manager commented the following,
“The expectations of what we forecasted for — I don’t want to say we’re right on track — we’re probably close to being on track to where we predicted,” he said. “If I had to compare Windows Vista to Windows 7 versus Windows 7 to Windows 8, our sales numbers aren’t as high as from the Vista to Windows 7 era.”
Toshiba VP commented the following,
“We had a little bit different expectations for Windows 8 than previous OS launches,” Jeff Barney, VP and general manager of Toshiba America’s PC and TV business, said. “In the past Windows was the only game in town, when it was Windows 7 or Vista it was the big event of the year. These days it’s a different environment.”
Dell executive commented the following,
Neil Hand, Dell’s VP of global end user computing, says the transition to Windows 8 has gone as expected in both the consumer and commercial spaces. One area where Dell has seen stronger than expected demand is in touch devices, especially with its convertible XPS 12.
“The support and messaging from Microsoft around it is extremely strong,” he said. “Any big transition like this takes more than few weeks to take hold.”
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