Maybe Windows 8 Isn't a Complete Flop?

Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) recent earnings report shows momentum in signing up enterprise users to Windows 8 and flat revenue for the business. With Windows smartphones and tablets slowly taking share, maybe Windows 8 isn't the product flop many people think it is. Erin Miller sat down with Travis Hoium to find out why he's seeing some bright spots for Windows. 

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  • Report this Comment On April 25, 2013, at 9:56 PM, chilero wrote:

    Windows 8 has grabbed 7.5% of the tablet market already despite the negative bias, lack of apps, supply issues (Surface Pro) etc... in the first quarter according to Strategy Analytics. They are already outpacing the widely publicized IDC and Gartner predictions for tablet market share.

    In 2011 Gartner predicted a 0% market share for Windows 8 tablets in 2015.

    In 2012 Gartner predicted an 8% market share at the end of 2013. They almost hit that in the first quarter. They also predicted a 12% share by 2016. They might hit that 12% this year.

    Only last month IDC predicted the Windows tablets would only hit 7.4% by 2017.

  • Report this Comment On April 25, 2013, at 11:48 PM, ThatTechNerd wrote:

    I believe Mr. Softy has everything going for him, SkyDrive is a huge success, Bing was a success despite being called a failure (no matter your market share search engines are always extremely profitable), the Xbox continues to beat the competition in revenue, Windows Phone is in a "good enough" state to make a big profit, the Surface did well for being in its first generation, Office 365 was actually positively reviewed (people seem to love to hate MS so something being looked on positively is great for them), & their OEM's have finally pulled their heads out from their hind quarters & are making quality machines... everything is looking up for um!

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 12:09 AM, Mayvau wrote:

    Too bad to support that "ecosystem" MSFT does not provide the same for its major phone player. Besides Nokia phones they should have Nokia Surface and perhaps even Nokia XBox as well.

    In spite of what Americans may think, Nokia is a huge brand still in almost all the rest of the world.

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 12:23 AM, constructive wrote:

    ThatTechNerd wrote:

    "Bing was a success despite being called a failure (no matter your market share search engines are always extremely profitable)"

    Get a clue man. Bing has lost over $10B since inception and still hasn't hit breakeven.

  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 3:04 PM, LynxSS77 wrote:

    I took a chance on a W8 phone and glad I did now I love it. The only reason I got it was because it was Nokia and they are the only phones that I havent utterly destroyed in 6 months, didn't matter what the OS was I would have taken it.

    95% of my coworkers have company Macbook Pros and most of them have iPhones to go with them, since getting my new Lumia I've already convinced 2 of them to switch by showing off how much more productive they are and the tank like build quality.

    I think W8 works great on tablets and phones but I'm not so convinced with laptops. It feels like it drops the impressive capability of modern laptops down to that of a smart phone IMO. My wife wants one so I guess I'll have to give it more than a 15 minute test and see how they do for every day computing, We'll see if more contact with it on a pc will change my mind. I'm doubtful.

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