Renewal of the PC industry with Microsoft® Windows® 7
Sales resulting from Windows 7 in the first week after its launch last month surpassed Vista sales during the first week after its launch in January 2007 by a whopping 234%. This information is based on a report from industry research firm NPD. Microsoft has certainly given the affirmative to the rumors that the operating system is doing well and now it is confirmed that it was not only an empty boast. The PC industry, which was in a fix, is banking on Windows 7 sales to help revive the purchase for laptops and desktops. It is expected that companies and consumers could be purchasing the software and loading it onto the aging computers.
Most of the early reports show that Windows 7 should produce a sharp surge in computer sales in the fourth quarter. It was believed that falling PC prices and the surge in the sales of netbooks, which often cost less than $300 each, helped boost the demand drive. The firms that performed best in the previous quarter were Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Acer. These three companies clubbed in a group is unusual because there is no pattern in pricing among the three companies. Apple PCs are normally at the highest end of the price range, HP in the middle, and Acer at the bottom. The recovery is widely-spread and not restricted to a single portion of the industry.
The pre-launch selling campaign of Windows 7 probably helped move PCs, but it is likely now that it is accessible to buyers immediately with each PC purchase. Windows should do a lot more to support a recovery in the computer industry. The Windows 7 got good reviews and the fact that a number of businesses and consumers want to get the Vista off their computer should accelerate the demand for new software on which Windows 7 is loaded.