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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 crystal clear on 1/8/2008 11:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
Making statistical comparisons(sales) between Vista & XP does not prove vista as a good or bad operating system.

Its just reflects consumer preferences & choices,thats the important factor.
You might feel comfortable with the XP & hence you dont see the need to upgrade to you choose the XP.
Whilst others prefer Vista for whatever reasons they be.

Its your money you decide what you pay for or what you want.
Just because you choose XP does not imply Vista is bad & vice versa.
Its like I prefer the Sheraton over the Hilton-its my money my choice,my preferences,thats all.

People have & are still misinterpreting the sales data that comes out from surveys/reports etc.
The conclusions they draw are totally wrong !

Also can you rely on the authenticity of these reports-does anybody bother to check "what were the motives behind those reports/surveys" or is correct or accurate.
I can use statistics to prove the world is flat & not oval shaped.

Vista or XP both are good -its your choice & preferences thats important.

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