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.
quote: But if this site says it works well with 3GB of RAM, I'm 2 short. For that matter, it is kinda weird to have just three, don't ya need like 4, as in, needing to have 4x1GB DIMMS? Or can you just have 3 slots populated?
quote: I'm not the expert, but the general idea is that a 32bit OS can only address either 3gb or 3.5gb of ram, whereas a 64bit OS can do some double digit number I cant think of immediately (16 may be wrong)
quote: I'm running Vista on a tablet with 1GB and it runs just fine.
quote: I'd rather be able to afford two separate OS's, for two computers
quote: there are reasonably priced options
quote: Vist Ultimate is not the only SKU. It's the SKU for an enthusiast that wants to try bit locker encryption, join to a domain, record live TV and play games all on one machine.
quote: To me Vista is Windows ME. Short Lived and not the boost everyone expects it to be. There are probably more supported drivers for ME right now also.
quote: The only way I would ever buy Vista is if it came preinstalled on a computer.
quote: "Overall, the reliability feedback has been well better than we expected," said Gates."Uhm...you mean to tell me that M$ expected much worse reliability that what we're currently seeing, and yet still chose to put it on the market? Thumbs up for that <groan>.
quote: That's the big plus in Apple's business model, they can make a 64 bit operating system work and have all the drivers for it in time because they use exactly the same thing in every computer
quote: "By Brandon Hill on 2/21/2007 12:31:44 PM ,Pirated Version of Windows Vista Selling for $8 in Iranhttp://www.ciocentral.org/entry/pirated-version-of...Vista pirated alreadyhttp://www.bit-tech.net/news/2006/11/13/Vista__pir...Malaysia Raids Retailers in Hunt for Pirated Vistahttp://www.technewsworld.com/story/55805.htmlPirated Vista dirt cheap on Latin American streetshttp://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/pirated-vist..."