Well, this happened sooner than expected. Analysts have downgraded price targets on HP & Dell, and expect Windows 8 to disappoint.
I've been saying this for a while now. Windows 8 has numerous problems, from product & segmentation strategy to marketing. I have previously called out HP & Dell for putting all their eggs in the Windows 8 basket as well, while rival PC/tablet makers have hedged their bets on operating systems.
With Windows 8 devices are slated for an October launch, we should see how this turns out soon enough. My prediction is that the Windows 8 launch will cause more harm than good to the PC market.