How quick the tides turn! Intel was one of the companies that was quick to note that the retirement of Windows XP had a positive impact on sales of PC hardware last year.
But that was then, and this is now.
Now, the chip giant has lowered its revenue forecast for the first quarter of the year, and that is due to the simple reason that new PC sales are now well below expectations — despite the slew of price cuts introduced by vendors and the approaching launch of Windows 10.
The company let fall revenue estimates from $13.7 billion to a marked $12.8 billion for the first three months of the year.
Intel has provided a few reasons for this decline, and cites Windows XP as an important factor for the decline of the PC industry — with subtle hints that Microsoft may not have done enough to convince users to upgrade to a newer version of Windows.
Apparently, businesses and consumers are refusing to purchase new hardware, and for the remaining majority, Windows XP is still good enough for regular use.
Support for the OS was officially dropped in April 2014, but almost a year on, some 18% of computers the world over are still powered by the ancient operating system.
While there may be some truth to these statements from Intel, fact remains that there are a lot of other intertwined issues that force these users to stick with Windows XP — lack of driver support for their accessories and peripheral being the primary concern.
That only adds to the total cost of upgrading, as not many businesses are keen on replacing their scanners, printers and other connected hardware due to the lack of drivers.
Interesting times for the PC industry, however, continue.