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What PC Makers Really Think About Windows 7

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You love Windows 7, we love Windows 7, everybody loves Windows 7. Or do they? The top PC makers, Dell and HP, actually have very different opinions about Windows 7.

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In yesterday's earnings call (which was pretty miserable for Dell), Michael Dell said, "We're starting to get pretty excited about Windows 7 and believe it's going to be an important catalyst for growth." And Dell could definitely use some of that.

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HP's CFO, on the other hand, just doesn't just sound like a sourpuss, but downright bitter—though for good reason, given how badly Microsoft burned them with Vista:

We didn't think there was going to be a Vista moment. We don't think there's going to be a Windows 7 moment either… We are not expecting that there's going to be this huge hockey stick effect when Windows 7 comes out. The good news is we're hearing positive things about Windows 7.

Ouch.

So who do you think's going to be right? Dell, who's clearly hoping for nice Windows 7 wave to surf, or HP, who says—with disdain you can almost feel—that Windows 7 isn't going to do any better than Vista? [Reuters via Silicon Alley Insider]

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Show of hands: How many people have Vista running on their desktops in their office?

Show of hands again: How many people are considering Windows 7 in their office?

Now, if I could only see everyone's hands.