Microsoft's much-anticipated release of Windows 8 may not bring the boost some sectors of the hardware space are hoping for, say analysts.
Research firm IHS said that the new version of Microsoft's flagship operating system is unlikely to produce the spike in DRAM chip growth which has customarily accompanied the release of a new version of Windows.
The company said that traditionally, the memory market has seen a double-digit jump in revenues when Microsoft posts a major update for Windows. This year, however, analysts predict that Windows 8 will boost the DRAM market by just eight percent.
Analysts attributed the drop in part to lower hardware requirements in more recent versions of the operating system. After releasing the notoriously resource-hungry Windows Vista, Microsoft has provided minimal strain on hardware requirements.
"The release of a new Microsoft OS traditionally has been accompanied by more advanced system requirements, which then fuels growth in the DRAM market as more bits are shipped,” explained IHS memory demand forecast analyst Clifford Leimbach.
"However, starting with Windows 7 and continuing with Windows 8, Microsoft has taken a leaner approach with its operating systems, maintaining the same DRAM requirements as before."
The memory industry as a whole has seen a turbulent market this year as growth in mobile handsets has been offset in part by lower demand for flash memory and a disappointing market for PC sales even with the release of Windows 8.
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