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Intel lowers revenue forecasts, blames Windows XP users

by Mark Tyson on 13 March 2015, 12:15

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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In the run-up to its first-quarter financials Intel has cut its revenue forecasts by a cool $1 billion. The chipmaker chiefly blames the inertia of customers, who seem to have become particularly tardy in their Windows XP migrations.

An official news release from Intel warns investors that the outlook for Q1 is not as good as it was. Previously it had expected to bring in $13.7 billion, plus or minus $500 million. That expectation has now been lowered to $12.8 billion, plus or minus $300 million. CNet reports that the previous figure of $13.7 billion was already considered to be low by Wall Street analysts.

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Intel cites the following business issues as the key factors in adjusting its Q1 projections downwards:

  • Weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs
  • PC supply chain maintaining lower inventory levels
  • Lower than expected Windows XP refresh in small and medium business
  • Macroeconomic challenges, especially in Europe
  • Currency fluctuations, especially in Europe

Looking at positive aspects in the revised forecasts Intel says that its data centre business is meeting expectations. With the fewer PCs being sold having higher average selling prices its gross margin is steady at around 60 per cent. R&D and MG&A spending and depreciation remain unchanged.

Talking about the revised forecasts, Intel spokeswoman Cara Walker said that the projected revenue slips can happen occasionally but asserted that "What hasn't changed is Intel's strategy and our focus on executing to it."

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In the wake of the news the Intel share price has slipped by over 4 per cent. A painful knock-on effect has been felt at AMD (down about 2.8 per cent) and Microsoft (down 2.3 per cent). Will Microsoft Windows 10 and new processors from both Intel and AMD come to the PC industry rescue later this year?

With the new Intel revenue projection's accuracy estimated to be plus or minus $300 million there's still room for a significantly better or worse result than indicated. Intel's full first-quarter earnings report will be released on 14th April, revealing all.

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Windows XP - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Shock horror, people are still using computers which do everything they need.

They should upgrade now to something to costs more but offers them nothing!
Windows XP - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I think the opposite was the problem, Windows kept patching XP far beyond a decade after its release; and IIRC will continue to do so for some customers. :o
if you change a setting in the reg…. xp still gets updates…. but your pc then becomes a cash machine…
Windows XP - if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
“Windows, if it ain't broke … then you've not switched it on.”

I'm probably being naive but I thought that new OS's were supposed to be more capable and more efficient than old ones. Don't tell me that Intel's basically admitting that OS's get more bloated (and therefore need faster processors to be usable)?

I can kind of understand/appreciate that - which'd explain why a lot of these Windows “cast offs” get a new life as Linux boxes. Heck I've got an old Core2Duo laptop that I use a lot more than my fancy hexa-core desktop.