Windows 8 Underperforms Prior Launch of Windows 7

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Consumer market research firm NPD on Thursday provided sales analysis into Microsoft’s newly released Windows 8 operating system, concluding the offering had yet to have a notable impact on the tech market.

NDP VP of industry analysis Stephen Baker, however, emphasized it was still too soon to lay the totality of the blame on the OS for a PC market that continues to underperform.

“We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for,” Baker stated in a press release.

The research firm noted that when Windows 7 was released, it accounted for 83% of computer sales four weeks after its availability. Paling in comparison is the launch of Windows 8 which captured just 58% of sales following the same timeline.

There is a reason to be optimistic, though. NPD cited the operating system’s relatively well performance with notebook and touchscreen devices. Windows 8 was released in late October.