Windows 8 might be a completely new take on the Windows operating system, but it seems sales aren’t doing as well as some may have hoped. Online electronics and computer parts retailer Newegg says that they were “prepared for an explosion” at launch, but sales have “been slow going” so far. However, the retailer says that sales of Windows 8 may start taking off starting in Q2 2013 most likely.
Merle McIntosh, Senior Vice President of Product Management of Newegg North America, says that the retailer was “prepared for some pretty big upside on the software side of the equation, and the hardware side of the equation, and it is has been steadily improving.” However, McIntosh noted that sales of the new OS “did not explode…coming out of the gate.”
Sales of copies of Windows 8 have “been slow going,” according to McIntosh, for which he thinks will continue “until the pricing normalizes sometime next year.” Then again, the retailer has been seeing a steady increase in Windows 8 hardware sales, such as laptops, desktops, and tablets. McIntosh declined to provide any sales numbers.
As far as Black Friday sales are concerned, McIntosh didn’t provide any specific Black Friday promotions that Newegg would have, but he said they would be doing “hundreds and hundreds of deals” across various hardware categories. Whether this will include Windows 8 hardware is uncertain, but it might be a good idea to keep your eyes peeled just in case.