Yesterday, DailyTech reported that Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer was cautious about "overly aggressive" forecasts for
Windows Vista. Ballmer went on to say that Vista’s slow retail start can be
attributed to piracy which has become increasingly popular in emerging markets.
It appears that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Ballmer
haven't had much communication on the matter recently. Reuters asked Gates about any trepidation Microsoft might
have about the outlook for Vista to which he responded "I
don't know what you mean. Vista's had an incredible reception."
Gates deflected the questioning and instead decided to focus
on what he sees as positive progress for Microsoft's newest consumer operating
system. "The reviews have been fantastic. This is a big, big advance in
the Windows platform. It's the world's most used piece of software... Overall,
the reliability feedback has been well better than we expected," said
"People who sell PCs have seen a very nice lift in
their sales. People have come in and wanted to buy Vista," Gates
Gates is right about the lift in PC sales. According to NPD,
unit shipments were up 67% the week Vista launched in comparison to the
same period in 2006. That is a key measure for Microsoft as 80% of its OS revenue
comes from PC OEMs. Vista's retail performance, however, was
down 60% in comparison to Windows XP's opening week in 2001.