Samsung exec: Windows 8 is to blame for poor sales of PCs

Samsung has joined in the Windows 8 bunfight, slamming it as responsible for the decline of PCs worldwide.

Poor old Windows 8, it can't get a break. Just a couple of months after Fujitsu blamed the "weak" operating system for the fall in sales of PCs, Samsung has put the boot in too.

Korea Times reports that Jun Dong-soo, president of Samsung's memory chip division, told reporters: "The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8. I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform." No better than Vista? Ouch.

But he didn't stop there. Having poked Windows 8 in the eyes, he then tweaked the nose of Microsoft's Surface tablet, blasting it as "seeing lacklustre demand." Intel and Microsoft's Ultrabooks, meanwhile, have failed "mostly because of the less-competitive Windows platform."

Well he's certainly a straight shooter.

In line with the way the global PC market is going, Samsung is cutting its orders for its production of conventional memory chips, instead going for those used in mobiles and smart phones.

Market research firm IDC lowered its expectations somewhat for PC shipments this year, dropping its projection of 2.8 per cent growth to 1.3 per cent. The reason? The rise of tablets, as well as an "underwhelming reception to Windows 8."

Acer agrees. Its president, Jim Wong, said that adoption of Windows 8 PCs would be slow because it'd take people a long time to get used to using a touchscreen PC. The same company has previously given Microsoft a thrashing, saying it didn't stand a chance against Apple. "I don't think [Microsoft Surface] will be successful because you cannot be a hardware player with two products," an Acer exec said. "Microsoft is working with two dozen PC vendors worldwide, including the local guys, whereas Apple is alone, it can more or less do what it wants."

What do you think of Windows 8? Is it to blame for the decline in PCs? Or is everyone being a bit hard on Microsoft? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook.

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