PC giants weigh in on Windows 7

February 27, 2009

Hewlett-Packard and Dell, the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 PC makers, weighed in Thursday on Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, which is expected early next year.******Michael Dell, on a conference call following the company’s quarterly earnings report, was asked whether Dell is seeing any changes from enterprise customers related to Windows 7. He said:***

We’re starting to get pretty excited about Windows 7 and believe it’s going to be an important catalyst for growth. Having said that, it will also push purchases until Windows 7 comes out.

******Microsoft sounded a similar note at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. CFO Christopher Liddell said Windows 7 could help PC sales bounce back next year. He also expects some users to delay buying a new computer to wait for Windows 7:***

We might see a bump (in PC sales) next year, just as a result of lower demand this year. It will be helpful, but it will not outweigh the general macro-economics.

******Earlier in the day at the Goldman conference, HP CFO Cathie Lesjak was also asked about the impact of Windows 7 on consumer and corporate demand:***

We didn’t think there was going to be a Vista moment. We don’t think there’s going to be a Windows 7 moment either… We are not expecting that there’s going to be this huge hockey stick effect when Windows 7 comes out. The good news is we’re hearing positive things about Windows 7.

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* Microsoft has to earn its trust after the screw-up it did with Vista* The whole world has been taken hostage by Windows* Windows is introducing ‘Anti-virus’ and ‘Anti-spam’ programs to ‘defend’ its own O/S from attack. If they are too smart, why did they not incorporate them in the O/S in the first place???

Posted by Vijayabaskar | Report as abusive

The Windows 7 BETA has been tried and in this case it has failed.With a new motherboard (ASUS), new dual core cpu (AMD 64) and new memory (Kingston 2Gb) the 7 BETA blue screened several times per hour (memory dump).Thinking perhaps it was a hardware problem, installed Ubuntu 8.10. No problems at all.When 7 worked, it worked well. I failed to see much advantage over Xp, if any.

Posted by Paul Russell | Report as abusive

I think I’ll still continue to use Vista and will not make the switch when Windows 7 is officially launched.

In answerBecause every security maker would call foul and just rip more money from the MS monolith.

Posted by lazyone | Report as abusive

[...] disdain you can almost feel—that Windows 7 isn’t going to do any better than Vista? [Reuters via Silicon Alley [...]

LOL HP and its loser notebooks and desktops. They still ship all their notebooks with the optical drives limited to MultiWord DMA mode instead of UltraDMA mode. Be careful of buying HP notebooks.

Posted by anonymous | Report as abusive

[...] disdain you can almost feel—that Windows 7 isn’t going to do any better than Vista? [Reuters via Silicon Alley [...]