The news: The newly released Microsoft Windows 11 OS was barely mentioned at Canalys Forum, a conference of the leading PC-makers, vendors and resellers, per The Register.
Senior executives from Lenovo, HP, and Dell, the three biggest PC makers, took to the virtual stage at a conference last week to discuss the most pressing issues and developments in their industry—namely, logistics and the supply chain, product availability, and meeting pent-up demand.
What this means: The PC sector is still catching up with demand resulting from the pandemic and the ensuing large-scale switchover to remote work and learning.
The problem: Windows OS releases are no longer the focal point in the PC upgrade cycle. This year in particular differs from previous years: PCs are in high demand and short supply, and PC sales don’t need additional stimulus from the changeover to a new operating system. In addition, reviewers say Windows 11 is functionally identical to Windows 10, with some incremental features and a visual refresh of the user interface.
What’s next? Strong PC sales are expected to continue into the new year as vendors work to fill demand. Windows 11 may not be a huge factor for new adopters, but could become more important next year—or it could mark further separation of the OS from hardware as cloud computing services become more ubiquitous.