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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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I wouldn't take XP over a decent Vista
By gochichi on 1/8/2008 10:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
A group of things that has been creeping onto my wish list is Dell refurbished machines. Many of these machines come with Windows XP Home or Pro. To me, that's a deal breaker. Unfortunately many others are Vista Home, Vista Business.

Windows Media Center is a must for me now. I have a computer that is recording HDTV over the air and cable, and it has completely changed the way my household watches TV. Xbox 360's BEST feature is its media extender capability. So anyhow, having a laptop or another desktop that can be used as a media extender to those 500GB of recorded material is really valuable to me.

It seems that, it's one of those things that seems different than before. Something that you couldn't do in the past on a computer, now it's super slick. I got Vista 64-bit Ultimate on a whim, and now I find that this one feature is Vista's best feature. Unfortunately for them, the OEMs have been completely incapable of correctly marketing these new features.

Honestly, the only hard working OEM is Apple. They make their own OS that is custom tailored to their computers. Not some second rate OS either, but one of the best, certainly a tremendous OS when compared to other UNIX 03 systems. All of this to say, OEMs strike me as horrendously lazy, and much too eager to point the finger at Microsoft.

In seems as though, OEMs don't want anybody to blow their cover. Intel makes mobile processors up to 2.4Ghz in the mainstream. Yet they release 1.5Ghz C2Ds or below, and they won't even tell you the speed rating, they just give out an obscure processor number that means absolutely nothing to most people. They also seldom if ever include Vista 64-bit as an option at all. They KNOW, that your computer will be replaced that much sooner if you can't go beyond 2.5GB of RAM. Before you lash out against me here, take note of the fact that you can get 4GB of RAM for $80.00 on either desktop or laptop... this is amazing, this is unprecedented.

So, so what if Vista requires (as I believe it does) 2GB of RAM. When XP required 1GB, that one GB cost $150.00. Now you can get 4GB for $80.00. If you are truly satisfied with yesterday's technology, keep it, heck, give Ubuntu a try. Ubuntu does a tremendous job out of extracting a great user experience from 512MB of RAM and a single core.

I do think that Microsoft could have released a better OS. This is my battery of suggestions:
- Media Center on ALL VERSIONS OF VISTA. Even the ones without Aero. Certainly poor Vista Business (which is so expensive). It's ultimately a Trojan horse (in a good way), it "just happens" to be in the most common version. You unknowingly bring its capabilities into your home and next thing you know you are pointing and laughing at the Tivo crowd.
- Make 32-bit versions upgradeable to 64-bit without having to repurchase, without data loss either. (This is COMPLETELY possible, it's unprecedented, but entirely doable.)
- Set the system requirements higher, more honestly. Too many people thought 1GB was going to be "more than enough" for basic Vista use. Not the case.
- More elegant user interface. Copycat LINUX and MAC OS. Multiple desktop panes at a minimum. Coverflow is an embarrassment. Heck, release a Vista "Plus" type thing... something.
-Microsoft, make your own computers (as well). OEMs are dropping the ball on you, just make a few reference standard machines that people can go to for a "real estimation" of what Vista is and is not.

I think that 2008 is going to be good to Vista. The hardware to run it correctly is just too powerful and too affordable. Vista will beat out XP for sure in 2008.

Mac OS is the gateway drug into Linux though. I wouldn't be too shocked if 2008 brought the type of Linux Distros that could really compete with the mainstream. If Linux can make an open source version of Media Center that is as easy to use or nearly as easy to use that would be amazing. Particularly as it would allow the PS3 extender capabilities etc. Open source really is the future. I think it would be hilarious (yet unbelievably useful) if Ubuntu released a premium edition (a version that installs from a DVD instead of a CD that includes all of the junk to outbloat Vista.)




By Etsp on 1/8/2008 11:51:01 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
- Make 32-bit versions upgradeable to 64-bit without having to repurchase, without data loss either. (This is COMPLETELY possible, it's unprecedented, but entirely doable.)
With vista, when you buy a copy of the 32 bit version, the license you purchased covers both 32 and 64 bit windows. The only problem is that you don't have the media(unless you have ultimate) But if you have a valid copy of vista, microsoft will sell you the disc to install the 64-bit version for about $10...it should have been included in the box for all versions, but thats how they decided to do it.

Here are some links:
An overview on how microsoft is handling 64-bit
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsv...
and there is a link near the bottom of the page that goes here:(For the english NA version at least...)
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/1033/orderme...
which allows you to buy the media.


By Techno Pride on 1/8/2008 3:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
The only reason why Vista sales haven't caught on is because many peoples' Pentium3 XP machines have not broken down yet. Give em the ultimate DenialofService with a sledgehammer and they'll buy a new powerful PC with WinVista.

Really.


By The Boston Dangler on 1/8/2008 11:52:49 PM , Rating: 2
I think your post was pretty good, but my opinion differs. I will be going back to XP in the very near future. I picked up Vista Ultimate Upgrade 32/64 relatively cheap ($150 when the nearest CompUSA closed 6 months ago) and I really feel ripped off. Retail price is $400, for that price I get:

A new version of a GUI I hated, which I now hate for different reasons.
A new version of a browser I still hate and don’t use.
A new version of a media player I still hate and don’t use.
A 10% performance hit with video games.
OS-related BSOD’s are a new feature, as I never had one with XP.
ReadyBoost and SuperFetch, which imo are completely worthless.
All those Vista Ultimate Extras, oh wait, there are none. The very idea of charging big bucks for gadgets and crap is insulting. Dreamscene, are you kidding?
I am no longer allowed to use the copies of Nero 6 and Outlook I purchased.
All the normal Vista complaints: DRM, bloat, calling home, et cetera.

rant off

“Windows Media Center is a must for me now.”
I avoid it like the plague. WMP is my least favorite of all audio or video players, for dozens of reasons. The MC GUI is nice, though.

“I have a computer that is recording HDTV over the air and cable”
Your recordings are in a proprietary format you cannot (AFAIK) opt out of, and DRM’ed up the wazzoo. The world’s one and only CableCard tuner card has been MIA/KIA for months, so one cannot record/play premium content of any kind. Hardly Vista’s fault, but it does hurt the value of the feature.

“Xbox 360's BEST feature is its media extender capability.”
Several million people might disagree with you there

“you can get 4GB of RAM for $80.00 on either desktop or laptop”
I didn’t believe you until I checked Newegg.com.

“Make 32-bit versions upgradeable to 64-bit without having to repurchase…”
Vista should have been 64-bit only, with good 32-bit support for games or that little app you can’t live without.

“Set the system requirements higher, more honestly. Too many people thought 1GB was going to be "more than enough" for basic Vista use. Not the case.”
I’m not sure where you’re coming from with that. Outside of video games, all reviewers, like Anandtech, have shown 512MB to be the minimum, with 1GB being the plateau for good performance, and 2GB brings very little to the party. In my own experience, I doubt I have ever exceeded 1GB usage outside of a game.

“More elegant user interface. Copycat LINUX and MAC OS. Multiple desktop panes at a minimum. Coverflow is an embarrassment. Heck, release a Vista "Plus" type thing... something.”
100% agreed. At best, Flip 3D is a joke.

“Microsoft, make your own computers”
They already do, you own an Xbox 360, don’t you? In a couple years, the personal computer as we know it, regardless of its manufacture, will be extinct. The dominant species will be stand-alone consoles and all-in-one screens.

“I wouldn't be too shocked if 2008 brought the type of Linux Distros that could really compete with the mainstream.”
When I can play Call of Duty 4-caliber games on Linux, I’m going, and I ain’t coming back.

-Bill

p.s.
My favorite feature of Vista is the “Default Programs” tab in my Start menu. Why can’t I have this in XP?


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