Windows 8 isn’t proving to be a very hot product by Microsoft despite them announcing recently that the operating system has sold 40 million units.
Now that is an extremely high figure and completely eclipses MAC’s total install base but Microsoft was betting big on the OS, and thinking it would bring sort of a revolution in the PC Space where tablets would be bought a lot more by consumers.
They made a tablet specific Metro UI which is very responsive when paired with a touchscreen, but that’s the only reason why there has been so many negative vibes about the OS floating in the Internet as people think they have abandoned desktops.
According to a new report by Business Insider the sales of the OS have been very underwhelming and has actually shrunk by a big margin.
“Despite releasing an entirely new operating system on October 22 of this year, Windows PC sales shrank 21 percent between 10/21 and 11/17 versus the same period last year,” they revealed.
“Windows 8 tablet sales during that period were ”almost nonexistent” – just 1 percent of all Windows 8 sales.”
There was a lot of backlash among PC gamer makers including Valve and Blizzard and even indie devs like Notch have called out the company for trying to close up an open platform. Gabe Newell of Valve basically called the operating system a catastrophe, and went on to say how damaging it is to OEMs and others.
An analyst from NPD, Stephen Baker, said that Windows 8 sales “hasn’t made the market any worse, but it hasn’t stimulated things either. It hasn’t provided the impetus to sales everybody hoped for.”
When you think about it, Gabe Newell was pretty accurate in slamming the OS. He had basically said, “I think Windows 8 is a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space. I think we’ll lose some of the top-tier PC/OEMs, who will exit the market. I think margins will be destroyed for a bunch of people.”
The Initial reports are quite a downer for Microsoft but the sales could pick up later due to a lot of promos and solid advertising.