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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 ajfink on 1/8/2008 10:02:38 AM , Rating: 3
If they released XP with Vista's full Media Center capabilities and DX10 support, in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, I wouldn't see any reason to switch to Vista at all.

I'm not trying to lemming myself onto the anti-Vista bandwagon, but I've used it a good bit, and can someone honestly tell me they wouldn't prefer XP with said additions?

RE: Meh
By Flunk on 1/8/2008 12:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't, for one quick example I prefer the new explorer for file management, the sidebar now contains useful options and a directory tree by default instead of "email this file" and the other useless options from XP.

RE: Meh
By Jedi2155 on 1/8/2008 1:48:05 PM , Rating: 2
However I severely miss the options to customize your top menu bar for my commonly used options such as Up, New Folder, and be able to turn my explorer window into a web browser by hitting the home button (I did that in XP a lot).

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