Well is sure does not seem that many PC enthusiasts, hard core power users, and gamers alike are very excited and looking optimistically forward to Windows 8. It would be a safe bet that Microsoft's longtime partner, Intel is on guard and cautiously watching too.
In the past, PC sales have rebounded with the release of a new operating system from the software giant, but this time it has become increasingly clear that Windows 8 may not be able to revive the recent lack-luster sales of PCs and the companies that provide the components.
Some may agree, that mainstream consumers computing habits have changed to tablets and smart-phones such as the popular iPad, and certainly would have stalled the sales of PCs with the slower global economy, and it is still unclear as whether consumers will embrace the smart-phone touch capabilities of the Windows 8 UI.
Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini, said during a conference call with analysts, “Our customers are taking a cautious inventory approach in the face of market uncertainty and the timing of the Windows 8 launch."
Shara Tibken reporting for CNET had this to say,
“While Otellini had good things to say about Windows 8 yesterday, he reportedly questioned its readiness during a staff meeting last month, noting that the OS still had bugs and was being released before it was ready.
Intel later responded to the report, insisting Windows 8 is going to be "one of the best things that ever happened" to the company. But Otellini's comments likely still raised some concerns for PC buyers and other companies in the industry.”
While may companies have been pushing to new ultra-thin and ultra-light computers for the better portion of 2012, many of the PC ultra-thins have not been selling too well, mainly due to the higher prices and/or infective marketing strategy.
Meanwhile it is still to early to speculate just how consumers will respond to Windows 8,and if the new system can change all that.