Despite Apple trying to rain on Microsoft’s parade during WWDC09 (opens in new tab), pointing out that Windows 7 is still built off of Vista roots, many are looking to the upcoming Windows release to be the one that gets it right, giving the sagging PC industry a much-needed shot in the arm. But Microsoft is cautious when it comes to suggestions that Windows 7 will be able to single-handedly turn around the recession in PC buying.
“History would tell us that generally as you ship a Windows release into the market... the bump is very modest," Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte said in a CNet story. "You will see a little bit, but it is modest."
While consumers are eagerly awaiting Windows 7--which is timed well with the holiday buying season--businesses aren’t so ready to spend IT dollars in upgrades. Microsoft doesn’t seem that worried, however, staying confident that the dollars will roll back in once the economy improves.
"It will get drowned by the macroeconomic environment," he said in the speech, which was Webcast on Microsoft's investor Web site. "As the macro environment comes back, people will have to buy new PCs. People aren't using PCs any less."
Dell hopes that Windows 7 will have a significant boosting effect on PC buying, as the computer-making giant saw its quarterly earnings fall by 63 percent. Michael Dell said that the company is preparing itself for a “powerful replacement cycle,” which could be referring to Windows 7 and new CPUs based off of Nehalem.
cr0w m@gn3tWell with America in recession I doubt anybody is going to strain their budget by upgrading to Windows 7.I live in Canada; some industries here also feel the heat of your recession... USA is only one Country that sales will be considerably lower due to "recession". Windows sells worldwide!
I know i will be buying Win7 March 2010 when my RC begins to expire.
If I recall, there has been an article about upgrade prices recently. Best buy talked about free, and I've seen 49$ somewhere. I think it's worth it.
MS is smart to downplay expectations.
I just got a nice i7 kit with Vista 64b. Once W7 has proven stable (ie. the fanboy gloss has worn off) and SP1 has been out a while I might update. If Vista turns out to be miserable maybe I'll upgrade earlier. At $80 (i7-920 + Vista gets a $20 discount at newegg) for Vista it's dirt cheap so why worry about an upgrade even half a year from now?
Wow, @cadder. You really don't know what you are talking about. What problems with 7, what download problems ? Name one !!!