A report by The Register reveals that Microsoft blames OEMs for its relatively lackluster Windows 8 sales. Purportedly, Microsoft believes vendors didn’t adhere closely enough to its hardware recommendations, producing mostly non-touchscreen computers that didn’t showcase Windows 8’s touchable side. This information comes from a “well-placed” source familiar with the matter.
Official numbers on Microsoft’s sales of their tablet, Surface, have not been unveiled by the company. OEMs aren’t sitting back taking all the heat, either, with some OEMs coming out and saying that Microsoft is to blame for the slow Windows 8 sales. The biggest reasons computer manufacturers didn’t follow Microsoft’s internal guidelines is that few companies were willing to spend the money on expensive, high-end devices that consumers weren’t guaranteed to purchase – not every item can be an iPad, after all.
The report claims that thanks to the underwhelming performance of Windows 8, Microsoft may be planning a February “re-launch” of the OS.