Windows 8 not boosting PC sales: report

It doesn’t appear that the recent launch of Microsoft Corp.’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) was any boost to a flagging PC market.

According to a report from Reuters, an analysis by research firm NPD Group indicates that consumer sales of Windows PCs fell by 21 per cent last month. Since Windows 8 launched, Windows laptop sales have actually dropped 24 per cent from the same period a year ago, and desktop sale are off by eight per cent.

NPD said it’s too early to blame Windows 8 for the decline and the busy holiday season is still to come, but it appears at least that the new OS hasn’t been the sales spark many industry stakeholders were hoping it would be.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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