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Microsoft Can’t Catch a Break: Tablet Sales “Almost Nonexistent” According to NPD

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NPD research published some horrible news for Microsoft ( MSFT) this week:

  • Despite releasing an entirely new operating system on October 22 of this year, WindowsPC sales shrank 21 percent between 10/21 and 11/17 versus the same period last year.
  • Windows 8 tablet sales during that period were "almost nonexistent" — just 1 percent of all Windows 8 sales.

"It hasn't made the market any worse, but it hasn't stimulated things either," Stephen Baker, an analyst at NPD, told The New York Times. "It hasn't provided the impetus to sales everybody hoped for."

No kidding.

On Thursday, we reported other bad news:

  • Asus CFO David Chang's comment that "demand for Windows 8 is not that good right now."
  • Microsoft cut its order of Surface tablets for the year to two million units, down from four million.

This is a very scary time for Microsoft.

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