“Fujitsu Ltd., Japan’s biggest provider of computer services, said the company will miss its annual shipment target for personal computers amid slow demand for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 operating system,” Naoko Fujimura and Shunichi Ozasa report for Bloomberg. “Initial appetite for the software, introduced in October, is ‘weak,’ Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto, 58, told reporters in Tokyo yesterday. Slumping demand in Europe amid the sovereign-debt crisis will also erode sales, he said.”

Fujimura and Ozasa report, “U.S. retail sales of devices running Windows fell 21 percent from a year earlier in the four weeks after Microsoft released Windows 8 on Oct. 26, according to a Nov. 29 report by Port Washington, New York-based NPD Group Inc. The decrease has been fueled by a 24 percent drop in sales of notebook computers as customers opt for Apple Inc.’s iPad… Microsoft plans to overhaul how it develops its flagship Windows operating system in a strategic shift aimed at keeping pace with nimbler rivals Apple and Google, people familiar with the matter said last month.”

Fujimura and Ozasa report, “Microsoft aims to upgrade the software more frequently, about once a year, rather than every two or three years as it’s done in the past, the people said. The world’s largest software maker has floundered as personal computers, where it has long dominated, have lost ground to the smartphones and tablets championed by Apple and Google.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We love the smell of fear in the morning.

As we have always said, even as many short-sightedly waved (and continue to wave) the white flag, the war is not over. And, yes, we shall prevail… No company is invincible. Not even Microsoft.MacDailyNews Take, January 10, 2005

Beleaguered Microsoft.

The big dumb monkey never saw it coming:
 

 
Stay comatose, Microsoft shareholders.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reades “Fred Mertz” and “Frans H.” for the heads up.]