Windows 8 Sales, “Well Below” Microsoft’s Expectations

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It was reported that the initial sales of Windows 8 were “well below” Microsoft’s internal projections, although the company doesn’t believe that it has something to do with the operating system itself. Instead, they are thinking that the reason behind the software’s weak start is because PC makers have offered “lackluster” designs, together with its limited availability.

Additionally, the disappointment with the company’s PC partners has further reaffirmed their strategy with the new Surface tablet. The device is the first computer designed and manufactured by Microsoft itself.

Paul Thurott of Supersite for Windows speculates that the initial disappointment for the latest OS has something to do with a lot of issues. This includes the slumping economy, confusing range of device types, as well as the touch-centric interface of Windows 8 Metro.

The net effect of all this stuff, I think, contributes to a wait-and-see approach with Windows 8. And that is exactly the opposite of what Microsoft and even the broader industry should want at this time.

However, Thurott pointed out the mentioned reasons for the OS’ weak start were just “best guesses” and not fact. Hopefully, the company would release the sales figures for Windows 8 soon, which will prove or contort that everything’s okay.

Steven Sinofsky’s Departure

News about Windows 8’s weak sale came at the heels of Steven Sinofsky’s departure from Microsoft. It was also reported that the former President of Windows and Windows Live was ousted by Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. There were even allegations that the move was supported by co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates.

In relation to this, AllThingsD reported that there was a growing tension between Sinofsky and other members of the company’s executive team. There were claims that some execs didn’t see him as enough of a team player. However, Microsoft’s official position is that the decision is a mutual one. Meanwhile, Sinofsky had only good words to say about his former employer.

It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had a good fortune to work with as this awesome company.

Because of this, Sinofsky’s departure has been compared with the purported firing of Apple’s Scott Forstall. He was in charge with the Cupertino-based company’s flagship iOS mobile OS for iPhone and iPad. Forstall also oversaw the transition to iOS 6 and the new Maps application, which were considered a disappointment.

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