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HP: It's Windows 10's fault we're not selling any computers



As tablets and smartphones continue to rise in popularity, sales of the humble PC have fallen.

But CEO of HP Inc, Dion Weisler, has another theory about the decline of PC sales.

In the first quarter to the end of January, HP Inc suffered a 12% drop in financial revenues to $12.2 billion (£8.76 billion) year-on-year.

According to Weisler, that drop is down to lack of demand for Windows 10.

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Speaking to investors on a conference call this week, which was transcribed by Seeking Alpha, he said: "We have not yet seen the anticipated Windows 10 stimulation of demand that we would have hoped for, and we’re carefully monitoring any sort of price developments that could further weaken demand.”

Despite his view however, he made sure to add that he believes Windows 10 is 'a tremendous operating system'.

HP Inc is the part of HP which sells PCs and printers, the other part being Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Sales of PCs and printers have both seen a steady decline in recent years, and a report from Gartner last month seems to back up Weisler's view of Windows 10 being part of the problem.

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The report found a lack of Windows 10 uptake at the end of 2015, which was partly responsible for a year-on-year drop of 8.3% in the PC market.

The latest financial results for HP Inc are the first since the company split in two last year.

It was expected that Windows 10 would help PC sales remain stable, but in HP's case that seems not to have been the case.

The company recently showed off its new HP Elite X3 at MWC 2016 this week – a device which Weisler hopes will help bolster sales in the coming year.

Dead Words

February 26, 2016, 12:24 pm

Is it just me or does it seem kind of pathetic to blame your company's financial woes on someone else's product?


February 26, 2016, 12:29 pm

with windows 10 being rolled out to everyone with windows 7 & 8 there isn't such a shock... hp will get a boost when vista goes end of life...

Rex Steinkuller

February 26, 2016, 2:51 pm

I do use my 75" Sammy smarthub for browsing/email . Much easier on the old eyes!


February 26, 2016, 3:35 pm

ship PCs with linux.
problem solved.


February 26, 2016, 4:08 pm

.Remember the old saying, "It matters not whether you win or lose, but how you place the blame".

Reg Edmunds

February 26, 2016, 6:47 pm

Why do you need Win 10 when Ubuntu and the like are free?

Michael Kehm

February 26, 2016, 7:17 pm

Well PCs are kind of depending on Windows, because of software and games.


February 26, 2016, 8:30 pm

Lots of people like to play games that only run on Windows, and lots of others use specific software for work purposes that isn't available on Linux (at least not without a lot of compromises).


February 26, 2016, 8:32 pm

Please explain how it would solve HP's financial situation. Do you seriously think that people would rush out to buy HP Laptops and PC's just because they run Linux out of the box? For the vast majority of buyers the fact that it runs Linux would be a turn off if anything.


February 27, 2016, 10:39 am

Suppose things had gone the other way. Do you suppose he would have been deflecting all the credit?

Sean Cameron

February 27, 2016, 1:45 pm

If Microsoft stopped charging for Windows 10 licenses and allowed the prices of PCs and the rest to come down accordingly, then maybe things could change for the better.


February 28, 2016, 10:43 am

Windows 10 upgrade is free and therefore people didn't need to buy a new PC to get it. Simple as that

Spike Black

February 29, 2016, 10:29 am

Just add a real Windows 7 frontend on it as an option and remove the telemetrics that would certainly improve Business uptake as it can then be transitioned over gradually after bulk installation. Same goes for users, they get the normal and then move over as they feel more comfortable.
There should only be one version not six - Home, Professional, Enterprise with 32/64bit varieties (and why are they still supporting 32bit!). Just make Pro or Enterprise 64bit the only version.
Price is the other issue, home uses don't need huge amounts of power so a £100 Android tablet to play Patience and simple browsing seems like a better deal than a full laptop especially if they only want to play Simpsons or Angry Birds.

Swift John

February 29, 2016, 1:44 pm

But why would you upgrade?

Mark Collins

February 29, 2016, 2:52 pm

I must have missed something because I seem to be the only person that thinks Windows 8 was an improvement on Windows 7...8.1 was an improvement on 8 and 10 is better again.
Is everyone really that arsed about a Start Menu???
And can people not just ignore or even turn off the Hot Corners???
Personally I like the fact that my laptop now boots up in under 10 seconds and doesn't crash...ever, something that could not be said or previous versions of Windows. My only gripe would be the dumbing down of UI but do you know what, it doesn't matter, press the Windows key and start typing what you are looking for and hey presto! There is no way this was faster navigating through Control panel screens or System settings.


February 29, 2016, 4:45 pm

Windows 8 might've been fine, but the idiotic decision to make one OS for three different platforms (phones, tablets and pc's) is something that should've stayed in the mind of the executive who wanted to further his/her career. And what I've seen of the adware called Windows 10 makes me weep for the PC users.


February 29, 2016, 5:32 pm

Because it runs better than Win 7 with all the memory, disk and CPU optimizations done for VDI, it also has the Windows store which is not perfect but contains free apps such as Word, excel or PowerPoint. Support for multi monitors is better with multi DPI scaling, its more secure... I would not go back to Win 7 even if it was an excellent OS 10 years ago


March 1, 2016, 8:49 pm

Yes, we really were that 'arsed' about a start button/menu. I learned as a technician to do just about everything I had to do by right clicking on 'computer', or clicking on the icon in the start menu. Yes, I know how to access many things through the command line, but oh, that was also gotten rid of, because there's not start menu. And by the way, none of the keyboards I use has a Windows key on them, so hitting 'Windows+S' isn't possible. I had been used to the Start button since 1995. When Microsoft got rid of that (god only knows why) it was like getting rid of the table of contents of a well-thumbed reference manual. It was extremely, unconscionably stupid. Even Apple, the undisputed masters of the user interface, doesn't try to make a Mac work like an iPad, so why would Microsoft try to make a Windows PC work like a Windows tablet or phone?


March 1, 2016, 8:53 pm



March 1, 2016, 8:55 pm

You mean HP should come up with another operating system to replace Windows and just persuade all their customers to use it instead like they have a magic wand or something? Oh yeah, THAT'S a realistic argument. If Windows had a 10-15% market share, you'd have a point, but it's ridiculous to ignore the effects of a near-monopoly (>90% share) and then criticize somebody who points out the effects, like they can just ignore them or something.


March 1, 2016, 10:23 pm

Maybe HP needs to get back in the operating system business -- oh, wait, those teams followed the Green Rectangle out the door. Oh well.

Dead Words

March 1, 2016, 10:43 pm

That's not my argument whatsoever. You're twisting words that I haven't even said. I'm not saying HP should "find another operating system" but the issue at hand clearly isn't Windows 10. HP's laptops have either been overpriced, bad quality, or just terribly designed for a while now. They may do well with the enterprise but it's only just recently that HP is actually bringing their business reputation down to the consumer level, at an actual reasonable price. Microsoft clearly isn't having a problem selling it's Surfaces, and Dell's XPS series is doing just great. Lenovo's Yoga series isn't doing half bad either, and the Carbon has always been an enterprise favorite. If HP wants to know why they're not having exceptional PC sales, they should look internally first. It's like HTC blaming Google for their ailing sales.


March 23, 2016, 10:18 am

I'm not paid to make an analysis of HP financial situation.
And yes.

Roth Trekling

August 1, 2016, 3:47 am

Vista went end of life the day it shipped.

Prem Desai

August 11, 2016, 5:41 am

HP should stop throwing its toys out and focus on the job.

If they think they can do better than Windows 10, then bring it out. They can even customise it to their standard.

At the end of the day, if they made a really good product, people would it it - windows is not the turn off they suggest. Apple does it with it's laptops/tablets despite OSX/iOS.

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