I believe that price increases are likely for Windows 7 computers next year.
Generally, prices for computers go down as new technology comes into the marketplace. I remember my first computer was a PC XT made by Zenith. It cost $899 and came with a monochrome monitor. Then, I upgraded to a 16 color monitor for an additional $600. Nowadays, you can get a great computer for less than $1000. It goes to show you that computing power increases and price decreases.
However, I will give you various reasons as to why price increases are likely next year for Windows 7 computers.
- Windows XP support is coming to an end. I was reading today that Windows XP is used by over 30% of computers currently in use. I am sure this number will decrease as April 8, 2014 approaches when Microsoft pulls the plug on windows updates for XP. How does this prove that price increases for Windows 7 computers is likely? Windows XP computers will continue to age and eventually break down. Businesses will increase purchases of Windows 7 computers. This will increase demand for these types of computers. Therefore, prices will most likely increase to meet the increase in demand for these computers.
- ZDNet reported that Windows 8 adoption rate is lower than that of Windows 7. I have used Windows during the consumer preview all the way through the retail version and I eventually reinstalled the previous version of Windows. Using a mouse with Windows 8 was more difficult due to the tile based interface design. I believe a portion of computer users will prefer an upgrade to Windows 7, if possible, or purchase a Windows 7 computer. Again, demand for this type of computer will increase and is another reason that prices may go up.
- Prices have started to increase in the reseller market. I have seen various promotions from manufacturer’s disappear recently for business class computers. I believe this trend will continue.
In summary, prices for Windows 7 computers may go up next year temporarily as Windows XP dies out and Windows 8 tries to gain traction. I am sure this trend will peak later next year as tablet and smart phone sales continue to grow. So, of you are in the market for Windows 7, then it would be best to purchase during the next few months.