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This post isn't directly Surface related, but it still affects Microsoft and Windows 8, so it is worth sharing. Here's a "good news/bad news" report to share, and it is just rumor for now. First, here's the good news: Apparently the new Windows 8 Mobile flagship phone, the Nokia Lumia 920 is flying off store-shelves. The phone's sell rate has been higher than expected. Now, here's the bad news: Sadly, Windows 8 sales have been a bit lower than expected. Of course, this is probably not surprising, because most of the tech industry is slowly switching gears as it retools for tablets and future tech gadgets to eventually replace the traditional PC. PC sales have been steadily declining ever since the first tablets and smartphones started coming to market.
Microsoft is not too thrilled about these numbers and are trying to shift the blame to their OEM partners for making unexciting products. Although, this sounds like the typical finer-pointing and responsibility-shifting you might see in instances like this, Microsoft actually does have a valid point. It's been several years since any of the PC OEMs, like Dell, HP and Lenovo have really launched any intriguing PC designs. The industry has grown mostly stagnant. In fact, it took three years before the PC industry realized that Apple was correct to start making thinner and lighter laptops like the Macbook Pro. Now, we are moving rapidly toward the age of mobile computing, and the traditional "box-style" PC is slowly creeping toward obsolescence.
Initially, this industry transition will be tough for Microsoft and the PC manufacturers, but if they can whether the storm and retool, there is still a huge market out there to compete in.
We will keep you guys informed of actual sales figures once they are released.