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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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By tmouse on 1/8/2008 8:24:36 AM , Rating: 2
Well I do not know how relevant any of this "information" is. It must be put into perspective. First off the business market makes up a significant portion or the pc market, and they are VERY slow adopters (with good reason). Many of the largest buyers do not even get OS’s with their systems (they install their own licensed and pre-set versions). Second; around XP's debut many new systems had already been installed and updated to avoid Y2K problems so the adoption was much easier. Finally several features were not implemented in Vista yet so many of the larger buyers are still taking a wait and see attitude. I doubt seriously it is a judgment call against Vista. Quite frankly I have not seen any real problems running any software with Vista in our (scientific) environment. If you look you will probably see 20-30% or more medium to small businesses still running 2K. Many of the larger customers upgrade in a manner that Garner can not identify. Are Microsoft’s numbers just retail sales of the OS, total installed on new computers, Do they including license sales? Do Garners numbers include direct sales or just retail? Are we comparing apples to oranges? Since all of the retail (boxed) units probably have Vista installed I find these numbers hard to believe. In the home market the adoption rate on new systems is probably over 95% since most people would think changing an OS is far too challenging. The differences between XP and Vista are MUCH greater than the differences between 2K and XP so naturally the adoption will be slower. Add to this the (deserved) bad press at its release since I think it was released too soon and had poor drivers (initially). The bottom line is Microsoft has nothing to worry about and most of these "analyses" are just mouse milking.

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