Dell says Windows 7 launch will boost sales

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 October, 2009, 12:00am

Computer maker Dell said it expected the introduction of Microsoft Corp's Windows 7 operating system on the mainland, alongside the government's stimulus, to help speed up information technology spending in the country's public and commercial sectors.

'I think what you're going to see is an accelerated adoption of Windows 7,' said Stephen Schuckenbrock, global president for large enterprise business at Dell. 'We're bullish on it. We think it will be accompanied by hardware refresh cycles.'

Microsoft, the world's largest software company, will release today Windows 7, the long-awaited upgrade to its personal computer operating system.

Schuckenbrock said a global updating of computers would likely pick up pace in the middle of next year.

Dell, the world's third-largest supplier of personal computers, had forecast that the mainland's computer market would be the first in Asia to recover, thanks to Beijing's economic stimulus.

The firm's business on the mainland has grown quarter after quarter since the beginning of the year, according to Jim Merritt, the president of Dell operations for North Asia. He declined to provide figures.

The growth has come from major infrastructure supply contracts won by Dell in the education, health care, banking, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Simon Leung Lim-kin (left), the chairman and chief executive of Microsoft Greater China, said: 'In terms of personal computer demand alone, shipments in the country will reach about 45 million units this year from about 40 million last year.'

Leung said Microsoft's 'most substantial product rollout in years' would bolster business for its partners, including those that make and sell hardware, write software, provide information technology services and serve as distribution channels.