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Windows Vista on only 39 percent of new PCs in 2007

Bill Gates’ keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 revealed a rather startling statistic with regards to the sales and acceptance performance of Windows Vista.

Gates told the audience that Windows Vista has sold more than 100 million copies since the operating system’s launch in January 2007. When comparing pure numbers against Windows XP, which sold only 89 million copies in its first year, Windows Vista appears to be a hit – but looking at the big picture sheds a different sort of light on the matter.

With the PC market at nearly twice the size today as it was in 2001, InformationWeek surmises that Windows Vista captured around 39 percent of the new PC market in its first year, while Windows XP managed to grab 67 percent of the new PC market during its initial period.

The rather lukewarm response to Windows Vista must be troubling for Microsoft. In response to customers with cold feet on the new OS, Dell in April 2007 brought back the option for its customers to choose Windows XP. Microsoft then took things another step further by allowing OEMs to downgrade Windows Vista Business and Ultimate installations to Windows XP.

In December 2007, PC World named Windows Vista the #1 Biggest Tech Disappointment of 2007.

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Article is misleading...
By The0ne on 1/8/2008 4:00:43 AM , Rating: 1
Vista captured around 39 percent of the new PC market in its first year, while Windows XP managed to grab 67 percent of the new PC market during its initial period.

Are we comparing year 2007 to year whenever XP was released? If so that comparision is almost useless. In the same year, 2007, Vista captured 39% and XP captured the rest? 67% as it's initial period? If it is, amazing coincidence.

regardless of the millions of copies sold, percentage-wise XP is still outselling Vista. I hope this is the statement the article is trying to point out. Maybe the author should rephrase.

RE: Article is misleading...
By Marcus Yam on 1/8/2008 4:09:59 AM , Rating: 4
I agree that there is a lot of room for confusion here.

The source for this information is based on Microsoft's statements and the PC market according to Garner Dataquest.

Assuming that 89 million copies of XP were sold in its first year and worldwide shipments of new PCs in 2002 were 132.4 million, that works out to 67.2 percent.

With 100 million Vistas sold and Garner's estimate of 255.7 million new PCs in 2007, that gives the 39.1 percent.

The missing piece right now is what the other 60.9 percent were for 2007. We'll be looking into that one.

RE: Article is misleading...
By mholler on 1/8/2008 8:09:34 AM , Rating: 2
I would also be interested in knowing how many of those 255.7 million PCs were low-cost models sold in developing nations that don't even meet the minimum requirements to run Vista. This wasn't an issue when XP was released since the price of PCs was still too high to cater to that market.

RE: Article is misleading...
By mforce on 1/8/2008 5:26:59 AM , Rating: 1
Of course Vista is outselling XP , it's not like you have a choice now , do you ? MS is pushing Vista on all new PCs so that's that , you buy a new PC , it's probably got Vista.
Let's see how many retail copies of Vista were sold or how many were sold to people businesses looking to update from Windows XP.
The truth is MS didn't manage to do much with Vista , I'm sure given a couple of years it will become dominant and XP will be a thing of the past. The truth is though that it's the same old Windows and while it does bring ca couple of things XP is lighter , not so bloated , and it's got more testing , support ... Given the number of PCs running XP and still doing there job well I'm sure XP is here to stay.
And yes the improvements in security in Vista are a good thing but while UAC is good I don't like it and find it annoying.
Linux and more so OS X are beginning to eat away at the huge Windows market share and this will continue , slowly but surely.

RE: Article is misleading...
By Shark Tek on 1/8/2008 7:46:22 AM , Rating: 2
Agree ..

The amount of computers today isn't the same amount when XP was launched in 2001. Computers are a lot more accessible today than a few years ago when they were very expensive. Also I'm sure that a huge percentage of that 100 million of Vista copies that were "sold" came in a new computer in where consumers don't have a choice and are forced to use/buy it.

RE: Article is misleading...
By qwertyz on 1/8/08, Rating: -1
RE: Article is misleading...
By mcnabney on 1/8/2008 12:18:39 PM , Rating: 5
Linux is not a choice.

It is more like an alternative lifestyle.

Not that there is anything wrong with that.

RE: Article is misleading...
By darkpaw on 1/8/2008 1:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
LMAO, wish I could rate you up, but I've already posted.

RE: Article is misleading...
By ebakke on 1/12/2008 7:56:21 PM , Rating: 2
I vote this gets either:

Rating of 6
Added to random quotes at the bottom of the articles

RE: Article is misleading...
By noirsoft on 1/8/2008 5:26:20 PM , Rating: 2
Linux and more so OS X are beginning to eat away at the huge Windows market share and this will continue , slowly but surely.

Ah yes, like all those people downgrading from Leopard to Tiger because of incompatibilities, bloat and crashes?

RE: Article is misleading...
By eye smite on 1/8/2008 6:56:58 PM , Rating: 3
Well....that's not entirely true. I ordered a system for my Father in law in 2007 around April. The reason I was able to get a fresh install of xp pro from HP on it is because I ordered a business machine directly from their website. You can still buy a new pc from Dell and HP and possibly others from their sites with xp as the OS and skip vista altogether.

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