Windows 7 is “back by popular demand,” announced HP, finally realizing that Windows 8 has resulted in decreased sales of PCs. On its website, HP is offering “Back by popular demand. Customize a new HP PC with Windows 7 and save up to $150 instantly.” According to a Jan. 21, 2014, The Guardian report, HP’s move away from Windows 8 to Windows 7 comes after PC sales slumped by 10% in 2013.
The Windows 7 “back by popular demand” offer by HP reflects the disappointment that many PC users had with Windows 8 and its updated version Windows 8.1. Both systems lag well behind Windows 7 and Windows XP when it comes to sales.
Windows 8 was introduced by HP in October of 2012 with a lot of exciting media press but in reality, Windows 8 turned out to be more of a nuisance than an improvement for most PC users. While Windows 8.1 tried to bring back some features left out from Windows 7, it was evidently still not enough to bring back customers who would bother with the Windows 8 features that no one really uses.
In response to HP’s Windows 7 “back by popular demand” offer, many PC users actually wish that HP would bring back Windows XP. Windows XP was released in the fall of 2001 while Windows 7 was released in October of 2009. In comparison to Windows XP and Windows 7, Windows 8 was the most radical change to the operating system in the past two decades. Windows 8 was supposed to optimize the software for touchscreen devices, but the change backfired.
As part of HP’s Windows 7 “back by popular demand” program, HP, which is the world's second-largest maker of PCs, is pushing the sale of new computers with Windows 7 and is offering additional savings. HP has also sent out email flyers to PC customers to tell them about their return to Windows 7.