WIn-10-nic and "Ape" strike again!
Once again, Win-10-nic and "Ape" are cooperatively *KILLING* new PC sales, by PREVENTING "the new machine" from looking/performing PERCEPTIVELY BETTER than 'what you already have'. This goes DOUBLE if your existing computer has Win 7 or XP on it. or even VISTA...
"Many businesses upgraded from Windows XP a couple of years ago and Windows 10 is not expected to drive larger volumes of purchases of standard desktops and notebooks until 2016"
you mean NEVER, not 'until 2016'. Only by KILLING OFF Windows 7 (this October) does Microsoft even STAND A CHANCE of *FORCING* new computer makers to ONLY offer a "the METRO" FLUGLY (flat/ugly) interface computer as the *ONLY* option.
Well, not ONLY, if manufacturers are to GROW A CLUE and start volume-shipping "alternatives" - like Mint Linux, maybe?
So as long as this year's computer is not PERCEPTIBLY BETTER than last year's computer, the only SIGNIFICANT sales that will take place are due to a) do not have a computer, or b) the old computer is broken . No more "new/shiny" as a motivation, because there _IS_ no "new/shiny". there's only "mediocre/dull".