Staples Helps Make Path to Windows 8 Easy with Worry-Free PC
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 6, 2012--
A new survey shows that a significant percentage of small business
owners are already planning to upgrade to Windows 8, attracted by the
software’s ability to work across devices.
The finding, part of Staples Small Business Index, is significant
because 64 percent of small business owners perform their own
information technology (IT) and/or network maintenance.
About 70 percent of those aware of Windows 8 already have upgrade plans
in place. Among those, 28 percent are most excited about the
interoperability between the tablet, phone and computer that Windows 8
The Small Business Index showcased the growing importance of tablets to
small business owners, with 28 percent using company-owned tablets.
“Staples is making it easy for small businesses to focus on their work
with our EasyTech services and Worry-Free
PC Promise, which is a $100 value that includes training, phone
support and a pre-paid Visa card for the Windows 8 update,” said Mike
Edwards, executive vice president merchandising, Staples.
Starting June 2, the exclusive Staples
Worry-Free PC Promise allows customers to purchase any new computer
and receive free online training, free phone support and a $15 Visa
prepaid card when they update to Windows 8. Consumers who buy qualifying
Windows 7-based PCs will get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99. These offers
together allow customers to buy a new computer now knowing they can
update to Windows 8, and Staples will cover the cost of the update as
well as offer training and address questions. For more details on the
Staples Worry-Free PC Promise, please visit www.Staples.com/Windows8offer.
About the Survey
The survey was developed by Staples and
conducted by Decision Analyst, Inc. in Arlington, Texas. Decision
Analyst surveyed by Internet a nationally-representative random sample
of 501 owners and executives of American businesses having no more than
20 employees. All respondents were members of American Consumer Opinion®
online, Decision Analyst’s proprietary Internet based consumer-opinion
panel with more than 8,500,000 members globally. Interviews were
conducted from May 10-15, 2012. Such a sample has a margin of error of
plus or minus 4.3 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. For more
information about American Consumer Opinion® online please visit www.acop.com.
Staples is the world’s largest office products
company and a trusted source for office solutions. The company provides
products, services and expertise in office supplies, copy & print,
technology, facilities and breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented
the office superstore concept in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25
billion, ranking second in the world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000
associates worldwide, Staples operates in 26 countries throughout North
and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, making it easy for
businesses of all sizes, and consumers. The company is headquartered
outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is
available at www.staples.com/media.
Source: Staples, Inc.
Carrie McElwee, 508-253-1405