In anticipation of the release of Vista, the next version of Windows, computer buyers are likely to hold off on buying laptops. Vista has heavy hardware requirements, mostly on the processor and video accelerator aspects, so most current laptops might be unable to support the graphical effects touted by the new operating system. Hence, buyers might favor desktops instead.
This would most likely be applicable mostly to home users, though, as companies might tend to opt for lower-powered computing in the name of mobility. After all, most productivity applications do not need high-end graphics, except if one were to be in high-end graphics design or engineering. But communications, word processing and spreadsheet applications would work well across platforms. And then of course, business users are not likely to be up to high-end multimedia capabilities.
This being said, the impending release of Windows Vista it’s likely good news to computer retailers as this will mean upgrade time to people still using older hardware.