Not that there was much of a heated love affair to begin with, but Microsoft seems to be falling out of favor with more consumers and partner firms by the day, pretty much ever since the Surface Tablet and Windows Phone 8 drives got off the ground. Today sees another name added to the list in the form of Samsung, with a company executive having gone on record to slam the performance of Windows in Europe as “lackluster” at best.
Speaking after the decidedly mind-blowing launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in New York, head of mobile communications JK Shin told the Wall Street Journal that the company would be focusing squarely on Android and made his feelings for Microsoft pretty well known.
“Smartphones and tablets based on Microsoft’s Windows operating system aren’t selling very well,” said Shin before stating the obvious with the revelation that “There is a preference in the market for Android.”
His comments drove a further nail into the coffin containing Samsung’s once grand plans for Windows 8, following earlier remarks by Jun Dong-soo who also panned Windows 8 as being no better than Windows Vista – the OS that saw Microsoft largely in the doghouse back in 2006.
Speaking with the Korea Time, he told reports “I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform,” before going on to state that Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet is suffering due to “lackluster” demand.
He even went as far as to blame low-interest in Windows 8 for the lukewarm reception of the Ultrabook PC market as a whole – a market he argued had by rights already failed.
Data came to light this week suggesting that Microsoft’s combined sales of Surface RT and Surface Pro Tablets could perhaps rest below the 1.5 million units mark, suggesting that even in the early days when hype is supposed to be at its highest there is just no real market for rather limited Windows RT devices and overpriced Pro models.