Intel always release new chips in the New Year and it’s always wise to wait for that to happen rather than get all excited before Yule. But just because chip prices will come down in early 2015, don’t rush to buy a new notebook because there is, of course, trouble on the Windows 8.1 scene.
Personally, I need a new notebook and would have bought one by now but for the fact that it’s very hard to buy one with the reasonable operating system Windows 7 any more. This is because Microsoft, as usual, is behaving like a headless chicken.
Microsoft has a sound track record of getting operating systems and operating environments wrong every other time it releases one. Just as Vista was a dog, so Windows 7 was pretty good and therefore Windows 8.1 was certain to be a dog.
It has decided not to bother with Windows 9 and its next operating system will be called Windows 10 – a bit of a cause for concern because Windows 9, compared to Windows 8, was probably going to be pretty good but now it’s calling Windows 9, Windows 10, that is a bit of a worry.
There’s other good news on the scene if you’re up for a new notebook, because Taiwanese based market research company Digitimes Research reckons that first tier vendors’ 8GB tablets are going to drop to $99 or less. It claims major Chinese vendor Lenovo is starting this particular price war.