Windows 8 is having a hard time and apparently it’s due to Microsoft’s partners (OEMs) not making enough hardware.
Given the operating system’s focus on touch-based systems, and the due to the addition of Metro UI on desktop versions of the OS, Microsoft has found it really hard to make Windows 8 as successful as its predecessor.
But they do, however, have something to blame, as they have accused the major OEMs of not supporting the operating system with a lot of touch-based devices. Apparently, the software giant had given them guidance as to what to build but it didn’t work out as they expected.
This was of course foreseen by many gaming companies including Valve and Blizzard, and Microsoft’s decision to take a massive risk has, as of now, backfired.
“Microsoft is very frustrated with major OEMs who didn’t build nearly enough touch systems and are now struggling to find parts and ramp up. Microsoft says they provided very specific guidance on what to build,” The Register has learned.
Their partners have said that if they listened to Microsoft they would have built a lot of high-end expensive devices that were too convoluted for the mass market.
It looks like a difficult situation for Microsoft but the company made a profit of $6 billion last quarter, so they have every chance of turning this sinking ship around.
It may be too late for them to convince their partners to build the hardware they want, and considering the bad word of mouth the OS is getting, it seems like a lot of people will be sticking to Windows 7 for a long time.