HP, Dell, Lenovo, Others Prep PCs for Windows 10 Launch
Analysts from Gartner and IDC this month found that second quarter PC shipments worldwide fell by 9.5 percent to 11.8 percent. The shipment declines were slowed last year when Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, forcing businesses still using the aged OS to buy new systems to run Windows 7 or 8. Vendors were hopeful that the launch of Windows 10 this year would help bolster sales in the second half, though analysts are saying that in the short term, the new OS probably will be of little benefit. Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to users running Windows 7 or 8 on their PCs, dulling the incentive to buy a new system. In addition, vendors are looking to coordinate new systems with new chips from Intel and AMD, which won't happen until later in the year. Other issues facing the PC market include an increasingly strong dollar and a reduced inventory as OEMs await the OS and chips. "We do not expect the global PC market to recover until 2016," Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said in a statement earlier this month. "The release of Windows 10 on July 29 will contribute to a slowing professional demand for mobile PCs and premium ultramobiles in 2015, as lifetimes extend by three months. However, as suppliers and buyers adjust to new prices, Windows 10 could boost replacements during 2016.""There are a lot of cool capabilities in Windows 10," O'Donnell said "Longer term, it is an important step forward. There are a lot of things there that work and make sense."
Bob O'Donnell, principal analyst with TECHnalysis, told eWEEK last week that the impact of Windows 10 will be felt down the road, most likely starting next year.