Why You Shouldn’t Wait For Windows 8
By Bob Rankin
Traditionally, sales of new PCs slump a few months ahead of the release of a new version of Windows. Would-be buyers tend to postpone purchases because they want the next-generation operating system to be included “free” in their next PCs. Read on to learn why you shouldn’t wait for Windows 8.
It was understandable for those suffering with Windows Vista, to hold their breath and jump on the Windows 7 bandwagon as soon as possible. But waiting for the release of Windows 8 may not be the best strategy for you. In fact, right now may be the best time to buy a Windows 7 PC.
Don’t worry about obsolescence. Microsoft is not going to drop Windows 7 the day Windows 8 comes out. Even Windows XP, released eleven years ago, is still in use on about one-third of Windows computers. Microsoft still provides security-related updates for Windows XP (and will do so until April 2014), as long as your copy is up to date with Service Pack 3. Vista, the short-lived Windows mistake of all time, is still in use, too. So a Windows 7 PC purchased now will be supported for years to come, long after you need yet another new computer.
Falling demand for PCs means lower prices, another good reason to buy now. HP, Dell, and other big names have reported double-digit percentage slumps in PC sales so far this year. It’s not just that people are waiting for Windows 8; PCs are being replaced by tablets and smartphones in many consumers’ budgets.
Summertime traditionally dampens PC sales, too. Back-to-school sales depress prices further. So the summer may be the perfect time to buy that Windows 7 PC.