Windows 8 PC sales considered disappointing by Microsoft source
According to Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrott sales of new Windows 8 PCs have not been what the company had hoped for, with his source at Microsoft allegedly stating that sales had not met the company's internal projections and had been classed as "disappointing".
Reasons for the lack of sales are abundant, with Thurrott's insider commenting that an "inability to deliver" (by the PC manufacturers) was one of the key factors. Other obstacles for Windows 8 PC sales range from the obvious: the current state of the global economy; the cautious: users simply want to see how Windows 8 pans out in the long run; and the satisfied: those Windows 7 users who simply don't want to upgrade to the new OS.
According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, within a few days of its 26 October 2012 release, 4 million Windows 8 upgrades were purchased. Microsoft clearly feels confident sales will improve once their OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) step up production. Microsoft are pushing through with touchscreen technology, having just released the Microsoft Surface tablet which operates on Windows RT (a version of Windows 8) and releasing the Microsoft Surface Pro (which uses Windows 8 Pro) in January 2013.