Nick Wingfield for The New York Times:
It used to be that a new version of the Windows operating system was enough to get people excited about buying a new computer, giving sales a nice pop.
Not this time. Windows 8, the latest edition of Microsoft’s software, failed to pack shoppers into a Microsoft store in a mall here last week, at a time when parking lots in the area were overflowing. The trickle of shopping bags leaving the store with merchandise was nothing like the steady stream at a bustling Apple store upstairs.
Here’s what I don’t get about these stories though: they all point (either explicitly or implicitly) to a bad U.S. economy as being a major factor in shitty sales. And yet, the same economy doesn’t seem to be hurting Apple — even when it comes to Mac sales.
It’s almost as if no one wants to admit the obvious: the age of Windows is over. O. V. E. R.
The economy will come back. The sales of Windows-based PCs will not.