Acer boss Gianfranco Lanci said that Windows 7 had a noticeable but small influence in hardware sales.
He said the increase in sales was not so much because
Windows 7 was a better operating system, but because of the natural cycle to
replace or upgrade old hardware. Dell has also reported a slight lift to its own sales but
hasn’t said if it expects more more sales.
Corporate buyers, which are Dell's biggest customers are
still not too sure about Windows 7 and are waiting for a more mature
product. They want to see how Windows 7 behaves on different
So far Microsoft has not managed to convince that that the new OS
can run on everything that Vista did. In the current economic climate,
businesses can't afford to invest in software which does not work on and more
important if Windows 7 will involve also and upgrade at hardware level to be
compatible with new OS.
In this economic environment, with lower budget, having
to find increased hardware costs because Windows 7 does not have all the right
drivers would not be a good thing.