Samsung executive likens Windows 8 to Windows Vista

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system (OS) is no better than its Windows Vista, according to Samsung memory chip division president Jun Dong-soo.
In an announcement at the COEX InterContinental Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on Friday (March 8th), the expert claimed the OS has failed to boost demand for Windows-based computers.
“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,” he added.
Mr Jun also pointed to market research that shows how computer shipments are “on the decline” and noted lower-than-expected sales of ultrabooks – which have been championed by Intel – are a worry.
The executive’s views echo findings recently released by the International Data Corporation, which predicted shipments for 2013 could drop from 2.8 per cent growth down to 1.3 per cent.
Microsoft – which launched the OS at the end of October 2012 – spend up to $1.8 billion (£1.2 billion) on promoting Windows 8 and said sales of the platform are on par with those of Windows 7 during the first three months of availability.