Thursday, November 29th 2012

Windows 8 Gets Off To a Slow Start, According to The NPD Group

The consumer Windows PC and tablet market didn't get the boost it needed from the launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 in the U.S. Since the Windows 8 launch on October 26, Windows device sales have fallen 21 percent versus the same period last year, according to leading market research company The NPD Group's Weekly Tracking Service. Notebooks, which have been weak throughout most of 2012, saw that trend continue as they fell 24 percent. Desktop sales have fared better this year, dropping just 9 percent.

"After just four weeks on the market, it's still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for."

Since its launch, Windows 8 has captured just over half (58 percent) of Windows computing device unit sales, compared to the 83 percent Windows 7 accounted for four weeks after that launch. Windows 8 tablet sales have been almost non-existent, with unit sales representing less than 1 percent of all Windows 8 device sales to date.

"The bad Back-to-School period left a lot of inventory in the channel, which had a real impact on the initial sell-through rates for Windows 8," said Baker. "The strong performance of Windows 8 notebooks with touchscreens, where Windows 8 truly shines, offers some reason for optimism. These products accounted for 6 percent of Windows 8 notebook sales at an average price of $867 helping to re-establish a premium segment to the Windows consumer notebook market."

Average selling prices of Windows computing devices have jumped significantly this year. Last year, overall ASP was $433 while this year's ASP over the past four weeks has risen to $477. Windows 8 notebooks have seen a nearly $80 rise in selling prices versus the prior year, propelled by the aforementioned strong performance of touchscreen devices and a solid uptick in the pricing on mainstream notebooks. Windows 8 desktop ASPs were also strong with selling prices up nearly 10 percent, driven by the same factors as notebook sales.
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39 Comments on Windows 8 Gets Off To a Slow Start, According to The NPD Group

#1
KainXS
windows vista was a crap os at release but with the service packs it became much better, I would run vista with the sp's any day over xp, 7 was a streamlined version of vista, and 8, I bought 8 already and after using it for about a month I went back to 7 its not a bad os but Its not my thing and I have a touchscreen lcd also.
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TRWOV
W8 + Start8. All the improvements of W8 without the bitching :toast:
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NdMk2o1o
by: TRWOV
W8 + Start8. All the improvements of W8 without the bitching :toast:
I disagree, I am also one of those who bought it for $15 I ran it for a month (using start 8) and still removed it. Even with a start button on the desktop it still flits between desktop and metro apps depending on what file types you're working with, I personally don't think it's as stable as 7 as I did have quite a few BSOD even without OC which I have never out of 2 years of using 7 had. I am happily running Windows 7 x64 and although Windows 8 is slightly faster to boot up, it hardly matters when you have 8GB RAM and a 240GB SATA3 SSD, I can spare the 2 seconds :cool:
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#4
acerace
by: TRWOV
W8 + Start8. All the improvements of W8 without the bitching :toast:
Why do we need to buy a software on Windows 8 to make it look like Windows 7? Isn't it easier to just use Windows 7?

Yes, there are performance improvements, but that is just small.
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#5
Fx
because it sucks...
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#6
newtekie1
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by: acerace
Why do we need to buy a software on Windows 8 to make it look like Windows 7? Isn't it easier to just use Windows 7?

Yes, there are performance improvements, but that is just small.
It isn't just performance improvements. There are other improvements that are worth upgrading to Windows 8, the improved file transfer window and task manager are pretty darn nice.
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TRWOV
by: NdMk2o1o
it still flits between desktop and metro apps depending on what file types you're working with, I personally don't think it's as stable as 7 as I did have quite a few BSOD even without OC which I have never out of 2 years of using 7 had.
You can define the default program to handle specific filetypes. The first time you open a png, jpg, etc. W8 asks you what program do you want to use (if you have several that can handle the same filetype). It was annoying for about a week while I custimized it to my liking but after that it was a smooth sailing. :cool:

Some drivers might need updating to work correctly on W8. Haven't had any driver related issue apart from the BF3 memory leak but that happens in W7 too.

To tell the truth I wouldn't have tried it if it wasn't because of the $15 upgrade offer but after that I went and bought two retail upgrades (yes, the $69 ones). I'm liking it that much. Can't argue about being satisfied with W7 thought. :toast:
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naoan
by: newtekie1
It isn't just performance improvements. There are other improvements that are worth upgrading to Windows 8, the improved file transfer window and task manager are pretty darn nice.
I already used process explorer long before Windows 8 first preview, and I would continue use it if I ever install Windows 8. The file transfer improvement is nice but I never really need it and there are a lot of good free alternatives anyway if I do need one.

Imo, definitely not worth the hassle that come with Windows 8.
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#9
johnspack
Would it be too much to ask MS to put back free space in the friggin status bar? I need to see free disk space at a glance for each of my local and net drives in the windows explorer status bar at the bottom. I don't need to click through a dozen icons to see that!
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#10
TurdFergasun
sell windows 7 for $30 and watch it outsell 8 @ $15 10 to 1.
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#11
johnspack
I like the speed improvements in win8, especially file copying. But put back the standard user features and info. For a corp type os I expect to see disk space usage in the taskbar. Why is that gone?
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#12
NC37
by: TurdFergasun
sell windows 7 for $30 and watch it outsell 8 @ $15 10 to 1.
Hahah, it would totally be true! :laugh:
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#13
H82LUZ73
by: Jstn7477
I use Windows 8 fine for my home needs, but my parents have to use Windows 7 because Quickbooks Pro 2012 doesn't work properly and they are still certifying 2013 for Windows 8. Software vendors like Intuit probably aren't helping sales if they can't even finish certifying their latest software a month after Windows 8 was released, and they don't care about supporting older versions because they slap a new number on it and sell it again.
One of the biggest reasons I can not uninstall Win7 ..I need it for my Income Tax software.....Which is just a month or two away.
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#14
cyneater
by: TurdFergasun
sell windows 7 for $30 and watch it outsell 8 @ $15 10 to 1.
Id buy windows 7 for $30 ... before I would buy windows 8 for $1
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