PC retailers in the United Kingdom who have had a hard time because of the global meltdown that led to a slump in the sale of laptops and tablets are now pinning all their hopes on the upcoming Windows 8 that they feel will bring an end to their misery.
PC sale in the United Kingdom plummeted by 20% in the last quarter of the year 2011. In fact, the percentage of buyers in the case of PCs and laptops has been declining steadily since 2009. Barring Apple and Lenovo, all other major computer manufacturers like Acer, HP, and Dell have suffered losses.
In such a scenario, it is not difficult to understand why the merchants in the United Kingdom are looking so optimistically to Windows 8 for a turnaround. As the release date for Windows 8 gets near, people will be reluctant to pay for Windows 7 machines when they know that an update is about to happen soon.
The new Metro UI could also play a key role in spurring the sale of Windows 8 PCs, and ultrabooks too could find quite a few takers when the new operating system from Microsoft is finally out.