Windows 8 No Better Than Vista, Claims Samsung Executive

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Mar 10, 2013 10:59 AM EDT

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Jun Dong-soo, the man who heads Samsung's memory chip business, spoke out his mind in a very bullish manner about what he thinks of Windows 8. From what Dong-soo stated, it is clear Samsung has no love for Windows 8, and isn't afraid to voice its frustration.

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According to a Korea Times report, Jun Dong-soo told reporters that Windows 8 has failed to boost demand for Windows-based computers. He even went as far as to compare Microsoft's latest operating system to chaotic Windows Vista.

"The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8," he said. "I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows Vista platform."

Comparing Windows 8 to Windows Vista is testament enough to how Samsung feels internally about the new operating system. Not too long ago, Samsung chose to pull its Windows RT-based ATIV Tab device from American and German store shelves. If this continues, Samsung could very well focus less on Windows 8 products and more on Android.

Jun Doo-soo is apparently a man of many words, because thrashing Windows 8 was not enough. He went on to also state that Microsoft Surface tablet is lackluster in demand, and that the device is not selling well due to Windows 8 being the operating system of choice.

With Samsung and other OEMs expressing their frustration over low Windows 8 demand, Microsoft has found itself in a tight spot, one that it cannot escape easily. Right now, tablets are the main concern; it is what consumers demand, and Microsoft is failing to take advantage of it. The biggest reason probably, is the high cost of Windows 8 tablets and computers. Such high price points are not good enough to compete with cheap but very capable Android tablets.

However, good news is on the horizon. Microsoft has lowered the license fee for Windows 8, which means OEMs are now on the verge of slashing Windows 8-based touch screen laptops by 10 to 20 percent.

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