Windows 8 didn’t meet expectations in terms of sales says Hewlett-Packard(NYSE:HPQ) Vice-Chairman- MSFT, DELL
Northern, WI 1/20/2013 (avauncer) – Executive Vice President of the largest personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ), Todd Bradley expressed his views on the low sales of the latest version of Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s flagship Windows operating system marking it as a “disappointing debut.” Windows 8, the latest version, went on sale on 26th October 2012.
The touch-enabled new operating system which can be used on smart phones and PC’s enables more business class consumers’ to use it. The business class consumers are the only section that Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and its other business partners are eying the most as they spend more time on smart phones and tablets where this operating system can be used. Analysts have already predicted a lusterless holiday-season sales for Windows based devices.
Bradely in an interview with Bloomberg television said, nicknamed the BB10’s debut as a pretty “slow start than everybody expected”. However he did say he was hopeful of continued “growth and continued momentum” in the months to follow.
Rick Sherlund, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc., also stated last month that the operating system has a “rough start.” Brian Gladden, Dell’s (NASDAQ:DELL) Chief Financial Officer confirmed that Windows 8 won’t affect Dell’s results for two quarters as the consumers do not seem to be in a rush to upgrade their devices to the new system.
According to NPD Group Inc., after its release, the U.S. retail sales of PC’s on running Windows operating systems have seen a 21% drop in the four weeks as compared to the same period last year.
Brent Thill, an analyst at UBS AG, estimated a sale of around 1 million units of Microsoft Surface Tablet in the fiscal second quarter.
Washington-based Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Redmond confirmed the sales of around 40 million software licenses in November, since the release of Windows 8. These statics also includes the versions sent to corporate users with multi-year contracts.
Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ) closed at $17. Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) ended the day with $27. Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL) gained 0.16% to close at $13.