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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 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.


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