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2/19/2014 8:50:00 AM
Computer availability -Windows 7 or 8

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned HP was backing away from Windows 8. They are pushing Windows 7 again.
Now it seems Dell is doing the same thing, at least on its business end, which is where we purchase most of our computers.
So, are these two abandoning Windows 8 because it is bad? Is Windows 8 doomed?
I don't think so. The reason they are doing this is simple: profits. Windows 8 is not bad, but it is unpopular, particularly with the business world and those who use the computer, traditionally. HP and Dell want to sell computers.
This really puts Microsoft in a tough position. Yes, it is a problem it made for itself by being arrogant and ignoring a large portion of its users.
I'm certain Microsoft will move as quickly as possible to Windows 8.2 or Windows 9, whatever it chooses to call the new release.
However, it puts us in a bit of a pickle. You see, we try to have both laptops and desktops with Windows 7 and 8 on hand for our customers. We are seeing a shortage of some configurations. However, we still have a very nice selection on hand. Of course, if we don't have something on hand, we can order it. However, delivery times vary widely. Some configurations come in just a few days. Others can take up to a month.
It's frustrating to say the least.
If you still have an XP computer and are thinking about switching over before XP support ends in April, make sure you start planning now. Of course, if you choose to purchase a computer somewhere else, we are happy to help you with it.

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