“Windows 8 has delivered no bump to flagging consumer PC sales in the U.S., a retail research analyst said today,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “‘There wasn’t any pop at all,’ said Steven Baker of the NPD Group. ‘The hope was that Windows 8 would shift the market to a more positive stand, add some momentum to sales. But that hasn’t happened.'”
MacDailyNews Take: None. Nada. Zilch. Negative zilch, actually.
“Since the Oct. 26 launch of Windows 8, consumer notebook and desktop sales in the U.S. have fallen 21% compared to the same period last year, said Baker,” Keizer reports. “Laptop sales were down even more — 24% year-over-year — while desktop numbers were off considerably less, just 9%. NPD’s numbers did not include sales of the Surface RT…”
MacDailyNews Take: Because they were none. Ba dum chhh!
Keizer reports, “While PC sales were down, Windows tablet sales were virtually nonexistent, Baker said.”
MacDailyNews Take: We hereby rescind our rimshot.
Keizer reports, “Tablet sales represented less than 1% of all Windows 8 device sales to date. With the new operating system’s emphasis on touch and tablets, at the expense, many think, of familiar UI (user interface) elements on the traditional Windows desktop, that number must be especially galling to Microsoft.”
MacDailyNews Take: Quick, Redmondites, big dumb monkey on the loose, duck!
Keizer reports, “NPD’s data has to be particularly depressing for Microsoft and its OEMs because they are the first hard look at Windows 8’s market performance.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Chuck? Ohhh, Chuuuuuckie?!
BTW: Apple Mac sales have outgrown the PC industry as a whole every quarter for six consecutive years and counting.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “lawrence” for the heads up.]
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