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Windows 8 Update: Scarcity of touchscreens is hurting Windows 8

Tim Greene | May 16, 2013
Dell deal on Windows RT, dubious Windows 8 sales numbers

According to a story in ComputerWorld the count of machines running Windows 8 could be closer to 59 million.

Why would Microsoft release the higher number but not release the number of machines that have activated the software? The obvious answer: that number is embarrassingly small.

Windows 8 is bad for this business
Buffalo, N.Y. -based Synacor blames Windows 8 for a 16% drop in search-engine advertising revenues for its content-portal services.Because Windows 8 defaults to Bing as the search engine and sets MSN as the home page, according to this story in the the Buffalo News. Part of Synacor's business is to set its customers' advertising pages into the start page of end users' browsers.

"That hurts Synacor because the company generates revenue every time a subscriber uses the Google search box on the start pages that it designs, while a reduction in page views also hurts Synacor's advertising sales on those start pages," the News story says.

The situation has contributed to a 5% drop in revenues for Synacore.

 

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