Many manufacturers are “overwhelmingly negative” about Windows 8, according to an analyst

There is enough Windows 8 hate to go around. Apparently Asian manufacturers are in the same boat. Topeka Capital analyst Brian White recently traveled Asia meeting with various Asian manufacturers, at different nodes in the supply chain. White felt “the sentiment around Windows 8 was overwhelmingly negative” and most manufacturers do not expect Windows 8 to solve manufacturing woes. Some manufacturers told White to expect a good October and November but warned White of “idle factories” during December while one even went so far as to say “do not expect Windows 8 to be material until the second-half of 2013″. These same manufacturers weren’t exactly ecstatic with ultrabooks because of their high costs.

White did not specify exactly which manufacturers he talked to.

Unlike other naysayers, it seems the beef Asian manufacturers have with Windows 8 is not necessarily that it is too different or too restrictive than previous Windows. The issue is the manufacturers feel that Windows 8 won’t spur PC sales. What they want Microsoft to do to spur sales that Microsoft hasn’t already, I’m not exactly sure. The current consumer trend is pro-mobile and anti-desktop; Windows 8 is Microsoft’s attempt at finding a sweet transition spot between mobile and traditional computing. What else do they expect Microsoft to do — force consumers to buy PCs when they want smartphones and tablets? Maybe the manufacturers just like whining.

[via BusinessInsider]

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  1. Francoise De Smet

    This is what I REALLY want of a computer: a generic operating system that works on any machine, so a hard drive with the OP could be carried around and used on different computers.

    Looks like every other OP release is a flop. Win 8 may go the way of Vista.

  2. DoktorThomas

    No one is going to buy a new computer simply because the bloat giant of insecure software, MSFT, has a “new” OS. We all have been burned too many times. Just mention their stellar innovation of the turn of the century: winME (millions of errors) and see the eyes roll. Long ago, in the early days of tech savvy, smart insiders recommended waiting when MSFT issued software. “The wait” all the more true these days.

    MSFT’s idea of improvements are generally use killers for users. I always wonder “what imbeciles are making the decisions at MSFT; they surely have no idea what users are looking for”. “Does anyone at MSFT even have a personal computer?” (Their updates/improvements are that far out of the mainstream.)

    No logic. No innovation. No direction. Blind to users and their habits. Irrational business approach. The negatives/deficits of MSFT greatly outweigh the positives. The software certainly isn’t worth paying for. Let’s face it, “patch Tuesday” pretty much sums up their expertise in the marketplace.
    They need to stop re-heating their past failures; bloating them up and repackaging them as “new”. The whole world knows there is no “new” at MSFT.

    Look at your story picture. Does that man look like he can lead the emptying of a bath tub without assistance? No, Bill “I never thought of anything myself” Gates won’t help the problems at MSFT either. So, don’t bring him back.

    Keep praying code writers somewhere will launch a new era in PC computing and put the dead giant into eternity where it belongs.

  3. Mags

    @FredySmith: “I’m sure many office staff are dreading the thought of having to learn their way around a new OS.” That is doubtful, many large businesses are still using XP. When Vista came out, some upgraded, regretted it and went back to XP. Others have upgraded to Win 7.

    With all the controversy over Win 8 I highly doubt there will be many who will upgrade. Smaller business may upgrade or buy tablets with WIN 8. However, most small businesses, as well as large, generally use desktop PCs or laptops for their main business functions, with mobile phones and tablets being of secondary importance. Mostly for searching or communication.

  4. FredySmith

    Perhaps MS should have offerred 8 in two styles; one for users keen on visual changes to their OS and another, more classic desktop style, for those who prefer/need a familar visual environment. I’m sure many office staff are dreading the thought of having to learn their way around a new OS.

  5. Daniel

    I agree. I want a windows operating system, not an OS that looks like it belongs on a tablet.
    Why would they want to create an OS that looks like it was “borrowed” from Apple and Android?