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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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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.

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