Microsoft partners say Windows 8 caused ‘millions of customers’ to switch to Apple

“With PC sales crashing and burning, it’s not surprising that several PC OEMs are still fuming about Windows 8, the operating system that has so far failed to reignite the PC industry,” Brad Reed reports for BGR.

“And now two unnamed OEM sources have told ZDNet that Microsoft and Windows 8 are primarily to blame for the accelerated decline in PC sales,” Reed reports, “with one source claiming that Windows 8 is ‘destroying’ the PC industry and another claiming that the new operating system has ‘handed over millions of customers to Apple.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: ‘Tis iPhone, and its knockoffs, and iPad that are killing the Windows PC industry, not so much Microsoft’s latest ill-conceived debacle (although it certainly doesn’t hurt the cause).

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    1. Windows 8 was such a dumb move. By making touch-based interaction an integral part of the user interface, Microsoft forces all PC makers (other than Apple) to produce more expensive PCs.

      From back in the Windows 95 days, lower upfront cost has been the key selling point in the “Mac versus PC” competition. Before Steve Jobs brought Apple back with iMac, it got so bad that Macs only mattered to people who were already Apple fans. Most customers did not even consider a Mac as a viable choice for their next computer. And cost was a key factor.

      Microsoft has taken away the lower cost advantage from PC makers. And it’s not just Mac versus PC now, it’s also iPad versus PC, which gives Apple the cost advantage. The tables have turned, and Microsoft should have avoided it. Microsoft should have continued to improve and optimize Windows 7, to allow PC makers to compete based on price (as they have for years), and developed a separate OS for tablets, based on further work on Windows Phone. In other words, copy what Apple did…

    1. Tim’s “real facts” haven’t satisfied wall street speculators in the past, why would they now?

      Cook has to realize that the world isn’t content to sit and wait for data. Apple should have more frequent product introductions and/or significant press releases.

  1. I’ll believe the negative Windows 8 bashing and destroying the PC market when I see it.

    Everyone is so quick to jump to conclusions. Microsoft has been here before with Vista and that was supposed to have killed them.

    Yet, Microsoft keeps posting record quarters so the analysts and media are full of it.

    I’m a fanboy, and I hate when the media bashes Apple. I respect people in the software industry including Microsoft, even though I don’t like their crap. But we need competition and Microsoft is good competition for Apple.

  2. Forget all that. I want to see something about how many Dells is Apple worth now. How come MDN isn’t charting the drop of Apple vs Dell? We saw the rise, now let’s see the fall. It should be rather interesting.

  3. So of course, sell off your AAPL. I’m looking at $392. You can’t stop stupid.

    Wall Street wants DIRE revenge for Apple being the best company on the planet.

    Pay no attention Apple. Continue on with what got you here.

  4. Typing on a 2.66 GHz Quad Core Mac Pro (4.1) that has served me well and is due a replacement. However, Apple has seen fit to give the Pro market the finger as they chase the iToi market.

    Well, maybe Buffy and the gurlz in the sorority have moved on to the Samsung Notes and Galaxy phones and Biff and the boys over at the frat house have done the same. Maybe not. If so the wannabes and hangers on might just move on to the next thing.

    Apple played the media game and chased the mass market, which is fine. At the same time they have given the serious market a great big eff u finger despite the fact that that market is the one that sustained Apple through the dark days and funded all the new stuff. That is not fine.

    Well, I’m still waiting for the promised update to the Mac Pro along with lots of others and we are tired of lip service. Apple could have developed a proper update for the Mac Pro a long time ago but decided they didn’t need us. Maybe a bunch of the missing sales are people tired of buying the 5th iteration of something that was introed in 2005.

    I couldn’t give a damn less about how thin the Macbook Air is, but care if I can swap a battery, upgrade the memory, burn a disc or hook up a FireWire peripheral without some proprietary overpriced adapter.

    Apple needs to figure out if it wants to be a mas market purveyor of trinkets or wants to change the world with best in class products in the computing space- yes a smartphone and an iPad are both computing devices.

    Cook needs to go- he lacks the vision to get the job done. Running operations and leading a company are not the same thing.

    The media likes to build things up and then tear them down- guess where Apple is these days. Apple stuck out the 3rd digit at it’s Mac customers on the way up and karma can be a bitch.

    Apple. Inc should rename itself Apple Computer, Inc and get it’s head out of it’s ass.

      1. The computer market is not collapsing- sales are collapsing.

        Sales may be collapsing because what is being offered is not significantly better than what was offered for sale 2-4 years ago. In Mac World Snow Leopard was the best release of Mac OS X in usability and stability. 10.7 & 10.8 are dumbed down shit loaded with crap for the social media crowd. In Windows World Windows 7 was the best release of Windows in terms of usability, stability and security.

        The hardware has gotten better, but the software has regressed to serve the lowest common denominator.

        Computer sales will improve when people are offered a more compelling computer experience. There is nothing at the Apple Store that is more compelling than the gear I currently have. When Apple ships something worth buying, I will open my wallet.

        1. I think you need to go.. The latest Mac Pro (not the rubbish bin one) is in no way behind in any way, it uses the latest Xeon processors, you can get any spec that your wallet can handle. There is no faster computer available just other windows vendors with the same top spec xeons. The new rubbish bin mac, I don’t like the only 4 Ram slots but if you got the cash then you can have enough ram, I think this new mac pro will bring mac pro’s into a whole new market, the market that just wants the best of everything and uses none of its capability, it will only cost 4 iPhones! Thunderbolt is the way to go, plug that video card or avid box into your mac pro or your mac air, internal cards are not friendly, no one wants a computer full of HDD’s you wanna just plug in an array and take that array home with you or on the road.

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