Gartner: Windows 8 Performance In Western Europe Still Lukewarm

Everything is going according to plan as far as Microsoft is concerned, but the same cannot be said for the PC hardware industry that had pegged an awful lot of hopes on the new operating system.

And according to Gartner, Microsoft’s newest operating system could not save the faltering PC industry in Western Europe on its own — the sales numbers of computers continued their downwards descent.

The latest numbers from the research firm reveal that PC sales in this part of the world dropped by 20.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013, meaning Windows 8 made no difference in lifting sales of desktops and laptops.

As Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner explained:

“Wide availability of Windows 8-based PCs could not boost consumer PC purchases during the quarter. Although the new Metro-style user interface suits new form factors, users wonder about its suitability for traditional PCs — non-touchscreen desktops and notebooks.”

Breaking the numbers down to individual segments shows that the desktop PC market registered a fall of 13.8 percent, while mobile device (laptops, ultrabooks and convertibles) saw a massive and eye-watering decline of 24.6 percent.

HP holds its sway in Western Europe — and as the leader holds 19.7 percent of the overall market.

All said and done, Microsoft (and hardware vendors) will be hoping for a reverse in fortune in the latter part of the year. Redmond is currently applying finishing touches to the public preview of Windows 8.1, the first upgrade to its new OS, set for debut next month.

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