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Microsoft Windows 8 gets a thumbs down from vendors

Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 8, is set to make its debut on 26 October, alongside a raft of Windows 8 devices.

Yet with just weeks until its launch, the OS is already said to have failed to make an impression on key supply chain vendors in Asia, according to one analyst.

The response from this group has been ‘overwhelmingly negative’, according to Topeka Capital analyst Brian White.

White has said that the platform will fail to make a significant impact on the market on launch, despite a number of hybrid tablet devices launching with Windows 8 in time for the Christmas season.

White predicts that Microsoft will only begin to see any gains from Windows 8 halfway through 2013. But what do we know about the OS so far?

Windows 8: The latest

Microsoft is said to have ploughed around $1.7 billion into marketing Windows 8, so if the platform fails to get off the ground, it could be a massive knock to software firm’s standing in the smartphone and tablet market.

Pricing details have also recently been announced for Windows 8, with users already able to pre-order an upgrade edition of Windows 8, including a box containing DVD installation media, for £49.99.

Users who purchase new Windows 7 systems between 2 June this year and 31 January 2013 will be able upgrade to Windows 8 online for just £14.99.

Windows 8: What’s on offer?

Windows 8 has as has been billed as ‘Windows 7, but even better’ and the number of new features that set it apart from Windows 7 include improved multiple monitor support, cloud integration, and Windows 8 touch.

New research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, also showed that Windows Phone is creeping up on RIM’s Blackberry in Europe, indicating that Windows 8 could mark its mark on the continent.

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