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Windows 8 is a big hit … on budget PCs at Walmart

Windows 8 is a big hit … on budget PCs at Walmart

How did Microsoft’s new Windows 8 fare on its first big vacation procuring weekend? Right here’s an encouraging image, submitted by a GeekWire reader who took the photograph at a Walmart in Indiana after the Black Friday mayhem had ended. The HP, Gateway and Toshiba notebooks ranged in worth from $328 to $248.

Nevertheless, the scene wasn’t so rosy for Microsoft at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, the place analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray and crew noticed and tabulated site visitors and gross sales at Microsoft and Apple shops. Microsoft noticed 47 % much less foot site visitors than the Apple Retailer did, and much fewer gross sales — 3.5 objects per hour, in contrast with 17.2 objects per hour at the Apple Retailer, as reported by Fortune’s Philip Elmer-Dewitt.

Windows 8 is a big hit … on budget PCs at WalmartA lot of the objects bought from the Microsoft Retailer have been Xbox 360 video games. Throughout the two hours that the Piper Jaffray crew noticed the Microsoft Retailer, they didn’t see any Microsoft Floor tablets being bought.

Walmart doorbusters apart, it’s extra proof of a considerably lackluster begin. Previous to the big vacation weekend, longtime Windows watcher Paul Thurrott (*8*) have been falling “properly under” Microsoft’s inner projections.

We most likely received’t get a sense for the official numbers till Microsoft studies earnings early subsequent yr, and the big analysis companies come out with their PC gross sales numbers. Nevertheless, there could also be a clue or two at Microsoft’s annual assembly with shareholders later this week.

Again at the Walmart, it’s possible you’ll be questioning what you will get in a sub-$250 Windows 8 laptop computer. The Toshiba on the precise (which usually retails for greater than $300) has a 15.6-inch display screen with 4GB of RAM, a 1.3 GHz AMD dual-core processor, a 320 GB onerous drive, round 5.5 kilos. Here are the full specs.

That wasn’t the most cost effective Windows 8 pocket book accessible on Black Friday. Finest Purchase supplied a 15.6-inch Lenovo with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB onerous drive for $187.99, which quickly sold out, as properly.

Finest Purchase’s Cyber Monday offers on Windows 8 machines aren’t nearly as aggressive.

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