In a retail survey conducted by Global Equities Research analyst Chowdhry, Windows PC OEMs Dell, Sony and Acer had successful Black Friday sales of Windows 8 devices. Microsoft promoted Acer Aspire V5 notebook on Microsoft Stores and each stores had about 500 units.
He estimates that each Microsoft Store had about 500 units. “[They] were completely sold out within the first 30 minutes,” Chowdhry wrote in a note to investors and reporters. During the promotional period, Microsoft sold the Aspire V5 for $399.
Not to be outdone, some Microsoft Stores also sold out of a $1,500 touch-enabled Ultrabook from Sony. “Sony Vaio Touch Intel i7 was the fastest selling Windows 8 notebook in the high-end category,” Chowdhry added.
While this may be the year that the desktop PC died, Dell has not given up on the market. And it’s a good thing, too — if it had, it could not have built the fastest-selling all-in-one Windows 8 desktop. On Black Friday, Dell’s XPS One 27 earned that crown.
Apart from PC OEMs, Chowdhry told that there was lot of interest for Microsoft Surface but interest was not necessarily leading to sales. He said people are waiting for Surface Pro running Intel processors.
“Had Microsoft first shipped Surface on Intel chips vs. on ARM chips, sales of Surface would have been 5X better than current levels,”
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