Due to the launch of Windows 8 in late October having a slower start than anticipated, overall PC sales did not show an increase, but in fact showed a drop in the final quarter of 2012 according to IDC and Gartner.
In an interview with Bloomberg, HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley admitted the fact that Windows 8 had ‘a slower start than many people expected’. However, he indicated that sales have started to improve for 2013, ‘we see continued momentum and continued growth’ in January.
Adduplex’s online statistics displayed HP PC’s had the most penetration of all the competition, commanding 32% of the over 7,500 types of PC’s that have the Windows 8 operating system.
In the hope of increasing the overall number of PC sales, HP launched a number of new Windows 8-specific PC’s in late October and early November alongside the launch of the OS and the Envy 2X tablet. This year, Windows 8 fans can look forward to the ElitePad 900 tablet that’s coming out in late January as well as the EliteBook Revolve notebook-tablet convertible that’s due to be released in March.