dell tablet Dell expecting Windows 8 tablets to boost profits

Dell is hoping to boost profits with a slew of new tablet computers powered by Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 8.

Dell is hoping to boost profits with a slew of new tablet computers powered by Microsoft's next operating system, Windows 8.

 
The company has been struggling in recent months, with net income for the first quarter down 33 percent, overall revenue down four percent, consumer revenue down 12 percent, and sales of laptop computers and mobile devices down 10 percent. Shares fell by 13 percent in response to the release of the figures.
 
Despite the bad news, the future may not be so grim, according to Michael Dell, founder and CEO of the company. He told analysts that he expects there to be an increase in demand for Dell products once Windows 8 launches later this year.
 
dell tablet Dell expecting Windows 8 tablets to boost profits
 
“Unlike other Windows transitions, this is a transition where you generally are going to need a new PC, whether it's a tablet or ultrabook with touch or a notebook with touch or a PC with touch or some derivative hybrid on all the above type of products,” said Mr. Dell. "The product refresh cycle associated with this release of Windows is likely to be very different from other releases, but it's hard to know exactly what that looks like. We're preparing a full complement of products, and we'll be ready with those."
 
His comments may be a little misleading, however, as Windows 8 will not require users to have a new computer, nor indeed anything with a touchscreen. It is true that the Metro interface will be the major new feature, which will drive tablet sales, but those who enjoy a more traditional desktop screen on an old PC can still do so, with some added functionality.
 
Mr. Dell said that touchscreen products will, by their very nature, be more expensive than the alternative and that businesses will be slow to adopt Windows 8, since they are still adopting Windows 7 now. If Windows 8 really rocks the industry, however, then Dell could see a major recovery on its hands.
 
Source: BBC