PC sales in first quarter down 14%, largest drop in two decades. According to IDC study "Windows 8 actually deterred potential PC buyers as users felt they could not afford touch-screen models required to make the most of Windows 8."
Because Microsoft forced Windows 8 on non-touch screen devices and removed the traditional desktop PC buyers were left with no good option other than to postpone buying, buy MAC or an Android tablet. RT is useless and consumers figured this out fast.
Fortunately for Microsoft, Intel is delivering so much innovation to the PC & tablet space Microsoft may get another chance at success. Microsoft needs to immediately fix Windows 8 and restore the W7 desktop for every PC user that wants it. They need to drastically cut the cost of Windows for the new class of Intel based Haswell and Baytrail tablets coming to the market and by doing this they may be able to compete against the same Intel powered tablets that will also be running Android, Ubuntu Touch and Tizen.
In its tally, IDC excludes tablets, even if they run PC-style software. It also excludes any device that has a detachable keyboard. With the release of Windows 8, PC makers have been reviving their experiments with tablet-laptop hybrids, some of which have detachable keyboards. Consumers are likely to have shifted some of their buying away from traditional laptops and toward these new devices, which means that the total sales decline of Windows-based devices may not be quite as drastic as IDC's numbers suggest.
The article was bought and paid for by and is a desperate move by some big time shorters to punch MSFT back to where they can cover without losing their sas- it ought to be obvious to the least intelligent poster that this article is the response and result of the terror of losing a lot of money on a short position
Anyone dumb enough to invest in the fat slob Steve Ballmer deserves a severe beating..Better to have donated your funds to charity..The fat pig has always, and will always be a disaster..If calories were brain cells, then we might be talking about a genius. Why would anyone hook up with Fat Boy ?