Windows 8 was supposed to be Microsoft’s magnum opus. However, the preliminary sales numbers suggest that the expected sales of the brand new version of Windows- Windows 8 are ‘well below projections’.
Citing a source inside Microsoft, Paul Thurrott wrote on his Supersite for Windows:
“Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing,”
Paul thinks that the rather ambiguous interface of Windows 8 makes it a complete mismatch both for tablets and PCs. He quoted the reason behind Windows 8’s preliminary slump as “inability to deliver” and “Lackluster PC maker designs and availability”.
Quite apparently, Microsoft has played a huge gamble by providing a unified computing platform for both tablets and computers. According to popular businesses, the touch-centric tiled interface has failed to lure them due to inbuilt complications. Moreover, they do not see it an overtly productive entity. Mostly, people use tablets for fun and entertainment, and like their PCs to have a professional look. With Windows 8, everything seems too mingled up.
Another problem which has affected the sales is the simultaneous release of Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. While Windows 8 Pro can run older Windows software, RT is not optimized to run windows applications (as RT is designed for ARM based tablets). This has confused the OS buying audience and has in turn affected the sales numbers.
There is also a general lack of interest in the market regarding the most advanced version of Windows, and people are reluctant in upgrading to Windows 8. Most people feel that they do not need Windows 8, while the majority feels that it’s optimized for tablets and is not ideal for PCs.
Though the sales numbers suggest otherwise, at Microsoft’s Build conference, Ballmer boasted that 4 million copies of Windows 8 have been already sold worldwide. Microsoft Surface Tablet is also doing satisfactorily well. The 32 GB version was sold out in less than a week, but soon Microsoft called in some reinforcements and moderated the supply.
Though it is too early to say that Windows 8 is not ‘up-to-the-mark’, it definitely is not something worth drooling over. It has some serious catching up to do!