For seven quarters, PC sales have declined. That’s a lot of lost sales, and most of the blame is getting put onto Windows 8 and the so-called Metro interface. As it turns out, a universal touchscreen-style interface isn’t as appealing to the world as Microsoft thought it would be way back in 2010 and its sales partners are taking a serious beating on the bottom line as a result of it. That’s why Windows 7 hasn’t really gone away, even if it has been drastically reduced. But it’s coming back. HP is bringing back Windows 7 due to popular demand.
With Windows XP about to be officially phased out of existence by Microsoft, it seems like a good idea to keep Windows 7 around to take up the massive influx of users about to be forced into upgrading their operating systems. Windows 7 is familiar, like a giant Whopper, and while Windows 8.1 has added a traditional Wind0ws-style interface now, it’s still got some baggage that the company would have to get through to encourage adoption.
Currently, HP only offers five models with Windows 7 preloaded (two laptops and three desktops), but if customers flock to the Windows 7 models, I imagine that line would increase dramatically.