Dell® hails Windows® 7, gives a thumb down to Netbooks
Michael Dell thinks Windows 7 is the next best thing that has happened to PCs and denounces to rise of Netbooks.
At a Churchill Club sponsored dinner in Silicon Valley, the Dell founder and CEO, Michael Dell made a bold statement at a flurry of questions directed at the rise of Netbooks. The suave businessman was not in a particular mood to embrace the rise of Netbooks and added that the size of the screens in Netbooks is a big deterrence to customers. He noted that a good amount of customers were not impressed with smaller-screens and lower-performance parts in Netbooks. Certainly, these remarks come as a bit of a surprise since Dell promotes and sells a line of Netbooks in its official website.
However, he sang a different tune for Windows 7 and was more enthusiastic towards this new operating system from Microsoft. He quipped on the prospects of getting the latest processor technology coupled with Windows and Office 2010. This, he said would be the best recipe to woo all erstwhile, loyal PC lovers back. The CEO also predicted on the status of Windows operating systems and added that with large computer bases still running Windows XP, the launch of Windows 7 and with inputs from Intel chips would lead to a "a very powerful refresh cycle."
At the dinner, he was also asked a question on what his biggest mistake as an executive had been. He promptly answered that it was his folly to stick to the success strategy of his company by cashingÂ in on the benefits of its direct sales models and not digressing his business prospects to other areas. However, he added that his company was in a transitional phase and it is bent on capitalizing on other various aspects like hardware, IT services and solutions.
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