Turns out, nobody wants to touch Windows 8 (and Microsoft is screwed)

“The numbers are coming in on touchscreen laptop sales, and they don’t look good. In May of this year, a report from DisplayBank, a division of market research company IHS, said that only 10 percent of laptops shipped worldwide during the first three months of 2013 had a touchscreen,” Matt Smith writes for Digital Trends.

“And it gets worse. PC sales are plummeting, so whatever slice touchscreens take is part of a dwindling pie,” Smith writes. “That in turn worsens overall adoption, because these market share figures only cover new devices, not the existing base. There are hundreds of millions of Windows users who have existing PCs without touch, and Windows 8 does not and will never provide a reason to upgrade for them.”

Smith writes, “Windows 8’s flaws have resulted in the worst of all worlds. Instead of providing a cross-platform solution, Microsoft bred an operating system that’s not great for any particular platform… This is a dire situation. Instead of encouraging growth in a PC market assailed by tablets, Microsoft has made the situation worse by giving users yet another reason not to buy a new PC… Windows 8 is a failure.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What was that we wrote way back on MacDailyNewsJune 1, 2011? Oh, yeah:

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)… 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.

Related articles:
Windows 8 continues to flop hard – June 3, 2013
Microsoft offers no apology for Windows 8, promises better with Windows Blue (Screen of Death) – May 7, 2013
Windows 8ista: Microsoft admits failure – May 7, 2013
Microsoft partners say Windows 8 caused ‘millions of customers’ to switch to Apple – April 18, 2013
Stick a fork in Microsoft’s Windows, it’s done – April 17, 2013
Apple Macintosh owns 45% of PC market profits – April 16, 2013
Steve Jobs’ revenge – April 12, 2013
Microsoft’s stock takes beating after putrid Windows PC shipment reports – April 11, 2013
Apple Macintosh on the rise as Windows PC market plummets – April 11, 2013
Gartner: PC Market posts 11.2 percent decline in Q113; Apple Mac sales up 7.4 percent in U.S. – April 10, 2013
More good news for Apple: Microsoft previews Windows 8 (with video) – June 1, 2011

41 Comments

      1. Microsoft giving away a Ferrari? Isn’t that a bit extreme? The most you’d be getting for being a top salesman in MS is a Ford Focus running Ford Sync, MS’s crapalicious in-car software. I mean look at MS’s top salesman, Kevin Turner, their COO. Now here’s a guy who looks good in a polyester suit.

      1. MS did well in games. They are or have just done the same thing to gamers as they did to PCers: stuck their neck out too far over that Chopin’ block! Kids, errr… Gamers furious about the announced XBox One’s intentional punishment of loyalty for fee based use of legacy games- backstabbing of GameStop, FYE, etc. and lack of real indie app support.
        They are gonna burn in hell on Xbox too. (Finally).

      2. But that’s the thing. I thought they were doing well in games, but they only recently started making a profit there. They just kept throwing money down a hole until they filled it. Only thing is, the rest of the company is not going to be making the profits to support that same way of working with the Xbox one.

    1. Wow, where is Microsoft actually still doing well?

      Microsoft still lords over enterprise businesses who are Windows addicted. Office still rakes in ca$h as well. IOW: It’s a company surviving on its products from the past. Oh, and its equally old ca$h horde. Not-A-Good-Thing. 😥

    2. Microsoft has multiple divisions that bring in over 1 billion in revenue.

      System Center, server management software
      Visual Studio and Development Tools
      CRM and Accounting Software
      Sharepoint and Collaboration Portals
      Exchange Server (brings in over 2 billion)
      SQL Server database software
      Skype

      This horse is going to die a slow and agonizing death.

  1. Not to worry, Windows 8 will soon be passing Mac OS X in market share, probably sometime next month. Currently, Mac OS X has 7.27% market share, Windows 8 is at 6.96%.

    1. And once it surpases OS X in marketshare… Windows 8 will still be an unmitigated disaster because like 90% of the WIndows userbase won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole.

      Whereas most of the Mac userbase is running Mountain Lion.

      See the difference?

  2. There is one nugget of idiocy in the article.

    Macs are too expensive for most …

    Sigh. Is this is still the prevailing wisdom, despite comparisons for decades showing that Macs are priced competitively with feature-equivalent PCs? “Apple doesn’t make a cheap, bargain Mac” is always stated as “Macs are too expensive”. It’s always been bullsh*t and it still is.

    ——RM

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