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It looks like the report about consumers being hesitant to switch to Windows 8 wasn’t too far off. Microsoft insider, Paul Thurrott, published an article that Windows 8 sales are currently well below initial projections. Thurrott writes, “sales of Windows 8 PCs are well below Microsoft’s internal projections and have been described inside the company as disappointing.” He goes on to note that the information is coming from one of his most trusted sources at Microsoft.

Well, that doesn’t sound too good. Of course, this news comes out after Steven Sinofsky, former President of the Windows division, was fired earlier this week. As of right now, Microsoft is blaming the poor Windows 8 sales on PC manufactures who Microsoft says hasn’t provided new PC designs or had a great deal of availability.

While it’s easy to blame someone else for your short comings, this blame may be in part the reason why Microsoft has been pushing forward with its own hardware initiatives such is the case with the Surface tablet. Whether this trend continues into the long term will remain to be seen, but it isn’t looking too good for the software giant right now.

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