Just like many other manufacturers of components of personal computers, Advanced Micro Devices pins a lot of hopes on Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows 10 operating system, the company said during this week's conference call. In addition, AMD revealed what it thinks to be a launch timframe of the next-gen Windows OS: end of July.
“What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory buildup,” said Lisa Su, chief executive officer of AMD, in the company’s quarterly conference call with investors and financial analysts.
Even though Microsoft officially said that its new operating system will be available this summer, it has never revealed actual availability timeframe. It is unclear whether Ms. Su disclosed a date when Windows 10-based systems are set to be availabler, or an RTM [release to manufacturing] timeframe for PC makers.
While back in the nineties releases of new Windows operating systems catalysed PC sales, in the 2000s the situation has changed and introductions of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 did not boost sales of hardware significantly.
In addition to Windows 10, the world's second largest supplier of x86 central processing units expects that it's code-named “Carrizo” as well as Radeon R9 300-series graphics cards will improve its sales.
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KitGuru Says: It will be interesting to see whether Windows 10 will actully catalyse sales of PCs. While there is a lot of talk about benefits for PC enthusiasts and gamers, actual advantages are yet to be seen.