Summary: Windows and Surface sales figures are false (Microsoft has lied) and even Microsoft boosters admit this publicly
Remember when Microsoft pretended it had sold out (artificial shortages) Surface in the UK? We called it PR nonsense and we were right. Surface is not selling, so production is being cut:
Upstream supply chain sees Surface RT orders cut by half
The upstream supply chain of Microsoft’s Surface RT has recently seen the tablet’s orders reduced by half, and with other Windows RT-based tablet orders also seeing weak performance, sources from the upstream supply chain believe the new operating system may not perform as well as expected in the market.
Microsoft’s smartphone market share inched up from 1.5% to 2.4% in a year, which is going in the right direction, but given the overall market, that’s still not saying much.
Hardly. Those ‘sales’ don’t tell the full story and Microsoft lost billions to get where it is. Watch Microsoft fixing old releases (no real upgrade) while acknowledging serious bugs in the new release. It is a mess.
Windows Phone 8 is only doomed if we say it is. I’ve been losing patience with the growing meme among pundits that Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8 is a brave try, but not worth recommending because it doesn’t have the most popular apps from other platforms.
It is indeed quite funny. Cassia also shared with me what he called “another example of fact-checking (not!)” (notice the disgusting photo showing a loser and a liar as though he has bragging rights).
Our member iophk asked about Microsoft’s numbers: “Actually sold or just merely shipped that number? They usually do that kind of apples to oranges comparison.”
We still see lots of that 40 million 'sales' lie, promoted mostly by Microsoft boosters who get nailed in the comments for passing on lies and not doing their job as reporters (for instance, watching Mary Jo Foley getting slammed for passing on PR lies was funny). People lose their credibility and professional integrity by saying what Microsoft is claiming. There are exceptions though, i.e. Microsoft boosters that nail Microsoft for deceiving. Even some Microsoft boosters could not carry on with this lie. Pundits too:
Microsoft would like the world to think Windows 8 is selling like gangbusters — on a par with Windows 7 out of the chute. Take a chill pill and look at the numbers
How about non-journalists? Analysts don’t buy it either:
Windows 8 off to an awkward start, Nomura says
Analyst cuts estimates for Microsoft’s earnings growth in 2013, saying PC makers have been slow to introduce devices and there’s confusion in the market about the new OS.
A Microsoft-friendly site doesn’t parrot Microsoft for a change, so it’s a good sign. The lies don’t work. Microsoft press releases and talking points are widely disregarded now. Meanwhile, other cash cows, even the biggest cow, are struggling. Their common carrier, Windows, is struggling. Expect Microsoft to become more aggressive with patent trolls (proxies), software patents (direct lawsuits or intimidation), UEFI (obstructing Linux at hardware level), and of course bribes (among other forms of corruption Microsoft is known for). A criminal does not go down without a violent fight. █