Study Reveals a Decline in Windows 8 Activity

A new study from ad network Chitika says Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 8 activity has fallen among developers and other early adopters. Ad impressions for the Windows 8 Developer Preview were significantly lower than in September when it was launched, specifically the end of September, versus the week of December 4.  The stats released on September 26 showed a large rise in online activity, but since have gone down considerably.

Chitika is surprised at the decline, especially with Windows 8 beta due out in February and the upcoming release of the Windows 8 app store.

The study said, “With these changes just on the horizon, it would seem that the level of anticipation and activity within developer communities should be increasing, although due to low levels we observed, this clearly paints a different picture.”

Here’s how Microsoft and Windows-based PC stocks are trading on the news:

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSFT shares recently traded at $25.72, up $0.13, or 0.51%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.46. Volume today was 29,986,871 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 55,692,500 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.35, while trailing earnings are $2.75 per share.

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ:DELL): DELL shares recently traded at $15.06, up $0.01, or 0.07%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $12.99 to $17.60. Volume today was 13,362,368 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 23,489,900 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 7.75, while trailing earnings are $1.94 per share.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ): HPQ shares recently traded at $26.22, down $0.16, or 0.61%. They have traded in a 52-week range of $21.50 to $49.39. Volume today was 11,726,255 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 24,217,700 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 7.90, while trailing earnings are $3.32 per share.