Gates says that Microsoft has sold over 140 million copies of Vista worldwide since its launch.

Windows Vista seems to be everyone's favorite whipping boy these days. PC World labeled it the #1 Biggest Tech Disappointment of 2007 and mini "E-Wars" are guaranteed to prop up anytime the names Windows Vista and Windows XP are uttered with the same breath.

Despite the explosive nature regarding any discussion of Vista, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates says that the operating system is doing just fine. According to Gates, Microsoft has sold over 140M copies of Vista globally since its consumer launch on January 30, 2007.

"That's a very rapid sales rate," said Gates who has been very supportive of the operating system despite the backlash.

Windows Vista is a competent piece of software and most consumers who purchase new computers running the operating system won't encounter many -- if any -- problems during day-to-day usage. Power users, however, have been quick to point out inadequacies in the operating system including its penchant for memory and resources, User Account Control (UAC), and sometimes shaky driver support.

OEMs have also expressed little faith in Windows Vista when it comes to performing on ultra-low-cost PCs (ULPCs). For this reason, many OEM have stuck with the slim and trim Windows XP operating system for better performance. Microsoft acknowledged the concerns of these OEMs by again extending the availability date of Windows XP Home for ULPCs until June 30, 2010 (or longer depending on when the next version of Windows is released).

But perhaps one of the biggest barriers to further adoption of Windows Vista -- at least until its successor arrives -- may be from Microsoft itself. The company recently released Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP which brings some Vista-esque security features, numerous patches/bugfixes, and improvements to overall performance.

With SP3 now making the rounds around the web, many XP users -- including large corporations -- see no reason to upgrade to Vista in the near-term.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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