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NYT: Windows 8 fails to excite, sales off to slow start

Published Dec 24th, 2012 1:30PM EST
Windows 8 Sales 2013

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Windows 8 has failed to draw the excited masses that some earlier versions of Microsoft’s (MSFT) PC operating system had attracted, according to a report published Sunday by The New York Times. Microsoft and its partners hoped the new platform would be a catalyst in a weak PC market, but earlier reports suggested Windows 8 might not have a real impact on sale for quite some time. Now, Acer’s president for the Americas region Emmanuel Fromont tells The Times that Windows 8 sales are off to “a slow start, there’s no question.” Acer is not the only Microsoft partner that has publicly complained of slow sales. Speaking with The Times, Sanford C. Bernstein analyst A. M. Sacconaghi predicted that global PC shipments declined 3% in 2012.

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