London: Consumer sales of Windows-powered PCs have dropped 21 percent overall last month, indicating the poor performance of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8.
A report by retail sales tracker NPD Group showed that since the launch of Windows 8 on October 26, Windows laptop sales are down 24 percent compared to the same period last year, while desktop sales are down 9 percent.
NPD's data neither includes Microsoft's first Surface tablet, which is only available in its own stores, nor takes account of sales of PCs to businesses, which has recently been a much stronger market, the Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, another research firm StatCounter said that about one percent of the world''s 1.5 billion or so personal computers, making a total of around 15 million, currently running Windows 8.
The paper said that if the NPD’s sales trends are borne out over the rest of the holiday shopping season, it would be a huge disappointment for Microsoft and PC makers such as Dell Inc, HP and Lenovo.