How PC rivals will fight for Windows 10 supremacy

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How PC rivals will fight for Windows 10 supremacy
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Top PC vendors have revealed which devices would be Windows 10 ready, with the launch of Microsoft's latest operating system coming on 29 July.

There has been some anxiety in the channel about the automatic upgrade feature in Windows 10 cutting out the need for customers to seek support from resellers. However, many Australian channel executives were excited about Microsoft's new OS back when the major bells and whistles were revealed in January.

The world's biggest PC manufacturers have now told CRN of how they are preparing the market for the landmark release next month.

HP

HP confirmed that all its current Windows-based computers would be offered an upgrade to Windows 10 next month.

"Working closely with Microsoft we designed all our 2015 products to be ready for Windows 10," said HP South Pacific personal systems business manager Paul Gracey.

"As a result, customers who purchased or plan to buy a 2015 Windows PC from HP should have a smooth transition to Windows 10."

The vendor revealed that its Pavilion x360 and Spectre x360 convertibles, Pavilion and Omen notebooks, and the EliteBook 1020 Folio will all support the Cortana voice assistant, a new feature on Windows 10.

The EliteDesk 800 desktop mini PC and ZBook 14 and 15u ultrabooks can take advantage of the 4k display scaling feature of the new operating system.

HP was the No.2 PC maker in the world in 2014, shipping 56.8 million devices for an 18.4 percent share, according to IDC.

[Related: What you will lose in Windows 10]

Dell

Dell told CRN that it will also have Windows 10 devices ready on 29 July.

"The systems available for purchase with Windows 10 on day one will include mainstream Inspirons, industry-leading XPS and business Latitude laptops," said a Dell Australia spokesperson.

The vendor is working with Microsoft and its "major retailers" to have reseller staff trained for Windows 10, as well as "working with retail partners on advertising and marketing efforts for launch, and the three to four weeks to follow".

Dell recently signed a distribution deal with Ingram Micro Australia covering a range of Latitude laptops and Optiplex workstations.

"At the moment, Dell is focused on promoting the upgrade effort and how easy it will be to upgrade to Win 10 with Dell," said the spokesperson.

"Dell.com will launch its Win 10 campaign beginning 29 July, and Dell customers will be the first to get the most from the new features of Windows 10."

Dell shipped 41.7 million PCs in 2014, giving it a 13.5 percent share and the No.3 position worldwide, according to IDC data. 

Next: Toshiba, Acer and Lenovo

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