Nick, you beat me to it, was going to post the same topic! Oh well, someone had to.
It's good that a major OEM is taking this chance, Dell has done it before, however the climate was different last time around. No Windows 8, Windows 7 was a fast rising star & XP was defending it's title, having the largest customer base for computer OS's.
This time is different & will likely bear fruit, as customers are getting weary of this Windows 8 & cloud crap. The majority of users wants a desktop OS, such as Windows 7 & prefers to keep things on the ground, hence all of the massive storage options of today (4TB HDD's & growing). There are a few RAID devices that can run 4 x 4TB HDD's, one of those is in essence, a lifetime storage device & pricing will further fall.
If Windows 8 was so great, many would have licked their chops at getting 8 Pro w/Free Media center key back in late 2012/early 2013. There was a fast initial response, but had fizzled before the holiday season, one that MS & OEM's had always relied on.
Hopefully more major OEM's will follow & take a chance & really, why not? Windows 7 Home Premium sales must end by October 31, so there must be something to fill the gap. I'm looking for one to eventually push the Linux Mint computer, given the popularity of the OS.
Microsoft is on the ropes & knows it. I believe that the OEM's knows it too, as some brought back due to popular demand, Windows 7, to save their backsides. If they're smart, they'll look at other platforms other than Windows. There are some on this forum that likely remembers, back in the early to mid 80's, Bill Gates would have loved to have had what is now Linux usershare numbers. I believe that in recent years, MS has taken it for granted their usershare percentage, and in coming years will battle to retain that same share.