“Further confirming our suspicions that Windows 8 is off to a slow start, a Newegg senior vice president has said that sales of Windows 8 have been ‘slow going,'” Sebastian Anthony reports for ExtremeTech. “Likewise, sales of hardware with Windows 8 pre-installed has been ‘slow and steady.'”

“These quotes come from Merle McIntosh, Newegg’s senior vice president of product management, in an interview with ReadWrite. The fact that Newegg, one of the world’s largest retailers of computers, components, and associated paraphernalia, is actually going on the record to register its disappointment is a huge blow for Microsoft,” Anthony reports. “In the absence of official figures from Microsoft, Newegg’s Windows 8 stats are probably the best bellwether that we could hope for — or the worst, depending on your point of view.”

Read more in the full article here.

Paul Thurrott reports for SuperSite for Windows, “Sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing.”

“One of my most trusted sources at Microsoft confirmed Windows 8’s weak start this week,” Thurrott reports. “consumers have plenty of choice these days, and many are quite comfortable stretching out the next PC purchase and using a companion device, like an iPad or other tablet. The problem is, they may discover that’s all the computer they need and simply opt out of Windows going forward.”

MacDailyNews Take: Not a problem, Paulie. Not a problem at all – well, except for Microsoft or anyone stuck with umpteen Windows-releated domain names, that is. ;-)

Thurrott writes, “It’s a floor wax. No, it’s a dessert topping. Microsoft’s new whatever-the-F-it-is operating system is a confusing, Frankenstein’s monster mix of old and new… Confusing? You bet. And I actually get this stuff. What’s a typical consumer to think?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This train wreck is going to be sooooo verrrrry enjoyable!

Now, what was that we said a year and a half ago? Oh, yeah:

Our initial impression is that Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto)… We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.

From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.

Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder)… No matter what, if Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”

As if they needed it: More good news for Apple.MacDailyNews Take, June 6, 2011

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Mark A.” for the heads up.]

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