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Microsoft tells PC makers they are to blame for poor Windows 8 uptake

Posted on Thursday, January 24 2013 @ 12:57:22 CET by


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The Register learned that Microsoft is blaming PC makers for the underwhelming adoption of Windows 8. The software giant reportedly accused PC manufacturers for not building enough attractive Windows 8 touchscreen tablets, to which PC makers responded that there's not enough demand for such expensive tablets.
But the computer makers are fighting back: they claimed that if they’d followed Microsoft’s hardware requirements and ramped up production, they'd have ended up building a lot of high-end expensive slabs that consumers didn’t understand nor want.

The Reg has learned Microsoft provided clear and specific guidance on the hardware it wanted inside any machine running Windows 8 so as to show off and utilise the operating system's new capabilities, such as the touch-driven interface. Microsoft also gave its advice on the mix of high and low-end form-factors manufacturers should build, namely Ultrabooks, hybrids and simple laptops.




 



 

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