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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 AntiM on 1/8/2008 11:16:07 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, it's easy to criticize Vista since it is so new and still a little buggy. However, I honestly believe it will go the way of Windows Millennium. I think Windows 7 will be the platform that moves people away from XP.

By Korvon on 1/8/2008 1:06:37 PM , Rating: 3
Windows ME introduced 3000 new bugs to the already bad Windows 98, thats why it died. Windows XP had 2500 known bugs on the date of its release. Windows Vista had just over 500 known bugs at the time of its release.

I think it has been so long since people updated to XP that they forget how slow it ran on the average PC. If you had less that 256mb of Ram it slowed your system to a crawl.

Its the same with Vista, if you run it on a system that cant handle it, then you will have a poor experience. I have been running it for over a year now and I wont go back to XP.

Last thing on the games, Bioshock runs at a higher FPS running DX10 on Vista then it does running DX9 on XP. The problem is not the OS it is that the games are not designed to run DX10 properly.


By darkpaw on 1/8/2008 1:42:49 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, anyone complaining about Vistas speed, really needs to go back and play with XP on old hardware.

A while ago I helped out a charity by updating all their systems. They hadn't installed SP2 yet, so that was the first thing I did. Their systems were all PIII-500s with anywhere between 128-512mb of RAM.

The systems with <256MB RAM literally took hours to install SP2 on.

I ask everyone I've personally met that bitches about Vista how much memory they have. Either A) they have no clue or B) its 1GB or less. With 2GB or more, Vista works great, just like XP with > 256MB.

By just4U on 1/9/2008 5:49:40 AM , Rating: 2
and that's the problem. Slow adoption of Vista because Microsoft has never been in a position where they've had to compete against a mature 6 year old operating system.

Going to take some time is all.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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