According to an article at Bloomberg, PC’s aren’t doing so hot, and Windows 8 is the culprit.
At first glance, it appears like the numbers might just support that claim, or something similar. According to NPD, sales of devices running Windows fell by almost a quarter in the month following the release of Windows 8, compared to the same time last year.
Of course, it’s easy for Fujitsu to blame its struggling sales on the new operating system, even as the overall PC lurches sluggishly up from where it had stalled during the recent recession. Company heads cite that shipments of Fujitsu computers may fall from an expected 7 to 6 million shipments in the year ending March 31st. In reality, there is much more than Windows 8 at work; at the same time, stratospheric sales of Apple’s iPad tablet have certainly caused dips in the PC industry.
Sales of notebook computers have dropped 24% year-over-year; it’s not too surprising considering that notebooks are the likeliest computers affected by high tablet sales.
Despite the fact that Fujitsu places the blame squarely on Windows 8, Dell is claiming otherwise. CEO Michael Dell mentioned that consumer interest in the new operating system is actually “quite high”.