Windows 8 expectations 'overwhelmingly negative' with suppliers

Windows 8 expectations 'overwhelmingly negative' with suppliers
The big news in October will without a doubt be Microsoft-related: Windows 8 and the Windows Phone 8 launch are coming at the end of the month. However analysts like Topeka Capital’s Brian White are warning investors to tone down their expectations.

The reason? On his travels to Asia meeting with suppliers, White reports on overwhelmingly negative sentiment. After October and November’s ramp up in device manufacturing, facilities are expected to go nearly idle in December.

Expectations are actually for late 2013 to be the time when Windows 8 might start getting more traction. The report is mostly centered on PC shipments, but this general sentiment carries over to mobile devices running on Microsoft’s platform as well. Check out the report below:

source: Business Insider



1. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

What a joke!!!!

14. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

The OS or the post? As a IT professional for over 10 years heavily invested in M$ products I personally think Windows 8 RT is just Windows Phone on a big screen. Kind of like the iPad. What annoys me(but I understand) is most people aren't really technical and don't think the need for a REAL operating system like Windows 7 is needed anymore. LOL. Do people realize you can NOT make an app for Android or iOS on Android or IOS?!!! LOL. Cut out Windows and OSX and you've got no more apps. HAHAHAHA. Also in the business world, the world that actually drives the economy, full blown operating system are still the only way to operate. How the hell are you going to run your in house mail servers on a Transformer Prime? How? You're not. How the hell is the person in accounting going to balance s**t for a huge corp on an iPad. LOL. "What, can't they use "Mint"". Frickin hilarious. With that said I think Windows 8 is a weak attempt at trying to stay "relative". There is no start button on the pro version. What?!!! Every single user(non technical) who upgrades to Windows 8 from Windows 7 is going to freak out. LOL. Every single one...This was a stupid move on M$ part. IMHO.

16. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Windows 8 looks like the combination of windows phone 8 & windows will take time for windows 8 to be stable in the market,till then windows 7 will eat windows XP usage share.

19. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Right there with you. Windows 8 will be a flop.

25. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i are right it normaly happens when something is changed from the ground up to total new but in time it becomes new trend so people today are crying why why this new home screen year latter they wont bother crying over it, it is simply mind doesnot except new stuff on spot

28. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Thankfully there are many people that which disagree with you and for good reason. You look at it from a view of an IT professional so your priorities are automatically different. What you fail to realize is that though business sales are important they are no longer the driving force in the market. The consumer market is. And for that market this OS will make sense and provide some great enhancements and shakeup to a two part universe. The things you mention from a business perspective are just the more specific things that still require direct computer interaction that is beyond something like an iPad, which is by definition a device that consumes not so much creates. Win 8 is built for consumption but it is also built with creation in mind and that is where it will flourish. So, an analyst talking to PC makers about their shipments, which is not a surprise since they have been struggling anyway, is not so much an issue of Microsoft and Win 8 but an issue for those pc guys. This is probably why Microsoft has decided to create their own hardware because these vendors seem to be incapable of holding it together and producing something that is compelling.

32. Rydsmith unregistered

I'm sorry but I'm going to call bull on this one. As an IT professional you typed like a late teens individual that has a need to be heard on the internet. Back to the matter on hand. You realize that in Window 8 you have the original desktop environment and that the "Metro UI" (or whatever they choose to call it) is really just a glorified start menu. For example, when you start typing the choices appear instantly, such that you can look in your explorer for the file, or launch an app with that term searched. I honestly do not believe that you have used or tried Windows 8 and instead you're looking at it, talking out of your ass and just using a large amount of exclamation points (which are the crutch of the English language) in order to validate your opinion.

45. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Haha, was thinking the same things. If he truly has invested in MS, he better hope he's wrong.

42. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Have you used windows8 IT guy? f**k I love it! Faster and much easier. So simple to use once you get the hang of it. Move with the times IT guy. Big change doesn't happen over night. It will happen. Frankly it does not Take IT brains to use w8. And start button is not necessary.

2. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

I don't subscribe to this... As a consumer I feel Windows 8 has already built lot of "traction"

15. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

As a consumer who obviously follows tech trends fairly closely and knows quite a bit about Windows 8 even before it launches. Unfortunately, that kind of consumer is in the vast minority. I'd wager that, as DetroitTech posted above, many mainstream consumers are going to have a WTF moment when they first try out Windows 8.

47. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

MS has taken the first steps to change, a change for the future of the new millennia. Others remain stagnant, two reasons, money and fear. I predict that many will migrate towards change than stagnation.

52. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"Millennium." And it's not new any more, we're 12+ years into it. And I doubt the future outlined by Windows 8 will last a thousand years. Maybe ten tops. Anyhow, I don't disagree that it's a welcome change that Microsoft needs to make, but they seem to be placing all their eggs in the tablet market when a huge desktop presence remains. Using Windows 8 on a laptop is a nightmare (at least the pre-production version.) I dread any time I have to move my cursor to the bottom corner of the screen and bumble my way through gigantic boxes that, let's face it, have no business being on a point-and-click, non-touchscreen device. I use the classic home screen 99% of the time.

3. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

this is crap...everyone i know likes w8/wp8 and is exited over it

12. allen83

Posts: 107; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Excited or exited?

23. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Lol @allen. I can't say everyone I know is excited (my grandma for one with her tracfone lol) about wp8, but it does have a huge increase in excitement over wp7. I expect big things from this os in the next couple of years to come. With u.s. carriers supporting it now (like Verizon), it will get a much bigger foothold.

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

love Modern UI and Windows 8

5. ilia1986 unregistered

I think that with the global shift to mobile lightweight smart platforms - the Windows (And WP8) ecosystem will be just another PC plarform - delegated to a niche role - the same niche role iOS and BB10 will be delegated to - as the latter two are closed platforms, while the former is a semi-closed -to-be-completely-closed one. Platforms like Linux and mostly Android of course will have the dominant market share - people will want the most for their cash - and an OS without the ability to adapt to changes to the environment without official firmware updates simply doesn't cut it in 2012/2013.

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

future is android, deal with it

11. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

I am an Android user (and dealing with it, really), while it is slightly better than other available jokes called mobile OSes, (I haven't use WindowsPhone yet but I am including 7.5 in those joke OSes however I hope WP8 would be better) but saying that Android is the future for full computing, no I don't think so. It will be staying for long time that's for sure, but if Windows start hitting the right slots, consumers will take it on, for tablets. Price yes would be the issue

27. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

he didnt got idea what this article was about let him live in ignorance

26. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

ROLF u gonna run android on desktop PC well u are wellcome to go ahead with it, it will be more painful then slow death. windows is heaven on desktop android will be hell just like linux isnt as easy the windows is.

7. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sorry what??? I'm not a huge MS fan but since when has a new Windows release never done well? It's the world's default OS. Pffttt analysts...

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Either you are really young or have a bad memory... Have you ever heard or Windows Millenium edition? What about Windows Vista? I had to suffer both, with Vista I just uninstalled it and installed a copy of XP I had lying around.

24. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Totally agree, not every release of Windows has been great but they've all sold by the truckload. Windows 8 will be no different.

31. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol u still dont get it even millium vista failed windows is still running on more PC is the world then other OS windows7 was the answer to vista flaws and XP always ruled. and sure linux is the not up to the mark to challenge windows for end user not advanced users like developers and apple MacOS cant run on all systems except their own which are way to over priced so in the end good or not windows is the only option in the wolrd that tops everything

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Look at how IIS has fallen on netcraft survey over the years as compared to open source web servers. That's also indicative of how LINUX as OS has maintained stronghold despite all FUD by M$ and also a campaign to fool the innocent way back on around 2006 (IIRC) when they ahd some deal with godaddy to have parked domains pointing to Windows servers so that world buys into argument that M$ is gaining popularity and that time they suddenly shot in the 30% range within a month or so. As that scam subsided the real pricture is that now it is15% of market share on web -- Closed source can never win against Open soruce come what may as closed source is based on foundations of being evil (call it monopoly if you want to) right from Day one. M$ has sponsored many seminars and researches on how M$ is more secure than LINUX but to no avail :)

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You nailed it

33. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

in any case windows is better in many ways the eaisiness and simplicity or windows is totally unavailable in linux

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