Demand for Windows 8 PCs Still Weak; Rebound Expected in H213

December 27, 2012 8:58 AM EST
According to Digitimes on Thursday, lagging sales of PCs equipped with Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows 8 operating system may be hitting optical disk drive (ODD) manufacturers in the coming quarter.

'Sources' said that first-quarter 2013 PC-use ODD shipments will fall by five percent to 10 percent.

Digitimes' also noted that U.S.-, China-, and Taiwan-based ODD vendors tend to be a little conservative, though Japan-based ODD vendors see shipments flat in early 2013.

Sources indicated that Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) Haswell platform launch in the second quarter as well as dwindling Windows 7-equipped PCs will equate to a rebound in demand during the second-half of 2013.

Shares of Microsoft are indicated for a higher open Thursday.

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