[QUOTE=SeÃ¡n;2673902]At the moment, this news going around about the discount deadline will probably be the last major boost for Windows 8 sales, as it will be free publicity working like a “80% off sale must end soon, order your copy today!” advert during the run up to January 31st.
While Windows 8 will continue to be sold with nearly all new computers, it’s coming to the stage where there is little incentive to buy a new computer. For example, go back 10 years ago and there there were significant advantages to replacing your 3 to 5 year old PC - DVD playback, smooth full screen video, much better performance. For 5 years ago, upgrading over a 10 year old PC would give 1080p playback, smooth streaming video (e.g. Flash), multi core CPU and again a much noticeable improvement in performance as well as a quieter running computer.
However for most PCs sold recently with Windows 7, apart from a few areas such as gaming and video encoding performance, it’s hard to imagine what advantage there would be purchasing a new PC other than to replace a failed PC not worth fixing. For laptops, while lighter light/compact laptops would be an incentive to upgrade, many are getting a Tablet instead and few are choosing Windows 8 tablets.
I know some people who are very reluctant to replace even their 10 year old PC. Their reasons are much the same - [I]“Yes it might be slow, but as long as I can read my e-mail, use eBay, check Facebook, etc. it’s fine.”[/I] Like a washing machine, toaster, etc. most wait until it totally fails. Even then they still try getting it serviced to see if they can get any extra life out of it.
So it will be interesting to see the Windows 8 sales figures from February onwards. ;)[/QUOTE]
I just bit for the $39.99 upgrade for my Windows 7 Ultimate PC, and added the free (for now) Windows Media Center, and you’re right, I don’t see the point of getting a new OS right now. If, for example, I don’t like Windows 8, I can easily downgrade back to Windows 7, and use that until either my PC gets too old, or Microsoft retires the OS.
I’m happy for now, but MS needs to make the prices appealing for people right now with all the options that they have nowadays.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2673915]It depends on what Microsoft does with the prices of the System Builder editions. If they do not increase prices on these SB versions, then virtually no one will buy the update versions unless they just have to have a downloaded operating system that day, or they want to keep existing programs from their previous install of Win 7. And I wouldn’t advise this course, even though Win 8 is much better than previous versions of Windows when installing over an existing system.
The current prices for the SB editions are much, much less expensive than the projected costs for the upgrades. Microsoft has also given explicit permission to use the System Builder versions in different machines if you switch to a newer build. This version works very much like the full retail versions of Windows in the past. So they are more convenient for enthusiasts to begin with. If they have a distinct price advantage, then the upgrade versions might as well not exist.
The big change, and I believe a very significant one, is that there will not be an inexpensive path to using the operating system. And Microsoft needs this if they expect the system to gain widespread use. OEM builds will still be the major source of new Win 8 systems, but as others have pointed out, computers aren’t just jumping off the shelves these days. And the full Win 8 tablets are extremely expensive compared to a lot of the Android versions, so Microsoft shouldn’t expect much help there either.[/QUOTE]
I’ve never done the OEM route, but what you say makes a whole lot of sense. It is cheaper than buying the full version for a PC without an OS, and if you have either yourself (if you have the training and expertise) or someone at a tech store to help put your PC together, then the OEM is the way to go.