Taiwanese PC vendors told DigiTimes that they don't expect Windows 10 to trigger replacement demand as it's believed this new operating system will be provided as a free update. As such, the supply chain has little expectations that Windows 10 will manage to spark a PC sales boom.
Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 in the second half of 2015, but Taiwan-based PC vendors doubt whether it can stimulate PC replacement demand because consumers will be able to make free online update to the new operating system, according to sources with Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
The sources pointed out that brand vendors usually launch new notebooks to pair with a new operating system, but it may not be the case with Windows 10 if Microsoft offers free upgrades.
Microsoft has also abandoned its old strategies and started offering its Office software on iOS and Android systems to give consumers access to its products on their smartphones or tablets.