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  • Windows 8 Buzz Not Bucking iPad Sales for PCs


    As fall draws near and the release of Windows 8 looms large, tablet buyers seem largely unaffected and generally not swayed from their preference for Apple's iPad and tablets in general.

    On Wednesday, Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes presented a “closer look into factors that are cannibalizing PC sales over the long term,” determining that there will be "no growth in PC unit sales this year because sales of tablet computers are robbing from PC shipments."

    Although Windows 8 is shiny and new, consumers also aren't about to stop buying tablets in order to return to the PC world.

    Reitzes believes there simply isn’t enough money to go around to support purchases of PCs at the same time that Apple and Samsung Electronics keep tempting consumers and companies with shiny new gadgets.
    "As Apple and Samsung defy the law of large numbers," Reitzes writes, "it could be harder for PC makers to hit estimates (by 2014, Apple could be generating more revenue per quarter than the entire PC market)."

    Source: Barron's
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Windows 8 Buzz Not Bucking iPad Sales for PCs started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. Slim J's Avatar
      Slim J -
      I see why. I've used Windows 8 all through beta and I'm really hating it and I think it's been getting worse each mileston
    1. hapishyguy's Avatar
      hapishyguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Holyloktar View Post
      No, that was Vista. Windows 8 for a tablet is a pretty good design. Not so much for desktops/servers.
      Do you know Windows8 will be a the same for desktops and tablets etc etc or any other device. Its a one uniform operating system since being uniform was the biggest challenge for windows.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      I've installed Windows 8 on my netbook and it sucks. WTF are Micro$oft thinking?
      Windows 8 is for Tablet PCs ONLY. Its crap on PCs and crap on laptops and crap on netbooks so WHY is it for every PC? Stupid M$.
      Win8 WILL be a huge flop even worse then Vista.
      I got it on my Netbook but I will remove it soon and put Win7 back on as its a LOT more friendly and just better.
      With Windows 7 I installed the beta and stayed with it since. It was the best Windows ever and I haven't installed Win8 on my PC at all and its not going to be installed on it either. It's a bad decision for M$ thinking every PC is touch screen which 90% of PCs ARN'T and its NOT mouse, pen or touchpad friendly. Its ONLY for touchscreens like tablets so its going to be a huge flop even before its released.
      People have been complaining about Win8 since it was first released in its Alpha stage and they kept with it. Its not just me, go check other Windows forums and its the majority that dont like it.
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      I've installed Windows 8 on my netbook and it sucks. WTF are Micro$oft thinking?
      Windows 8 is for Tablet PCs ONLY. Its crap on PCs and crap on laptops and crap on netbooks so WHY is it for every PC? Stupid M$.
      Win8 WILL be a huge flop even worse then Vista.
      I got it on my Netbook but I will remove it soon and put Win7 back on as its a LOT more friendly and just better.
      With Windows 7 I installed the beta and stayed with it since. It was the best Windows ever and I haven't installed Win8 on my PC at all and its not going to be installed on it either. It's a bad decision for M$ thinking every PC is touch screen which 90% of PCs ARN'T and its NOT mouse, pen or touchpad friendly. Its ONLY for touchscreens like tablets so its going to be a huge flop even before its released.
      People have been complaining about Win8 since it was first released in its Alpha stage and they kept with it. Its not just me, go check other Windows forums and its the majority that dont like it.
      Netbooks suck...
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I think Windows 8 for the Surface Tab is going to be great, but for the desktop I really don't see it being that good. I've been using the Preview for awhile now (I know it's not the same as the final release) but I just don't think it's going to be a big hit with desktop users. You never know though!
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      The performance of my air is equal to the performance of a $1800 pc laptop.

      Plain and simple. Apple isn't just selling hardware, they are selling a complete computer. Sure for the 1400 it cost for my Air I could have got a pc with way better specs. But like I said I would have to purchase a more expensive PC laptop to even come close to the performance of the air.

      I've been a windows user my whole life till this year. I build computers. Currently have a gaming rig/hack as well as my Air and sense I got it a month ago windows just doesn't do anything for me other than games
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hillefied View Post
      PowerBooks may not have hit big, but UltraBooks have had a significant impact as a Windows PC compared to MacBook Air. Ultimately (and IMHO), UltraBooks are the sleekness people see in Apple, but with the desktop familiarity of Windows.

      I had a chance to see the Windows 8 Surface Pro in action up close. One of the biggest things I noticed, that Microsoft has failed many times at before, was the smooth fluidity of the UI. That functionality combined with the innovative Live Metro Tiles allows Microsoft to finally breach through the true mobile community and make PC completely versatile. Businesses would probably benefit from such an OS instead of the XP workstations that still exist in major corporations.

      I'm excited to see its possibilities. It should be interesting. As a PC user, I Look forward to this.
      Good and valid points. I work in IT, so I have to be familiar with both Apple and Microsoft technologies. I welcome the innovation and competition as we the consumer ultimately benefit. I don't by Apple products for the logo, I buy them because of the user experience(they make my job easier IMHO) Although there are many features in Windows machines that I would like to see incorporated in OS X. Tired of Office applications that only have 1/2 of the capabilities that PC's have and so on. Guess we will see what happens next. Happy shopping :]
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Good and valid points. I work in IT, so I have to be familiar with both Apple and Microsoft technologies. I welcome the innovation and competition as we the consumer ultimately benefit. I don't by Apple products for the logo, I buy them because of the user experience(they make my job easier IMHO) Although there are many features in Windows machines that I would like to see incorporated in OS X. Tired of Office applications that only have 1/2 of the capabilities that PC's have and so on. Guess we will see what happens next. Happy shopping :]
      Agreed. Thanks for backing me up. It only makes sense for Microsoft to go down this road. Why it took them this long is beyond me, but we could see some major game changes in mobile computing and entertainment with Windows 8 and Surface Pro.

      Competition is economically healthy, and as bigboyz said, it benefits the consumers and what we want, not us having to bow out to conformity.