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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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RE: Vista is a flop
By darkpaw on 1/8/2008 1:46:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yah, because any product that sells 100 Million units is a flop. Damn, theres hate and then there is stupidity. That line definitely fits the latter.

RE: Vista is a flop
By The0ne on 1/10/2008 12:04:37 AM , Rating: 2
Getting a product sold because the consumer has little choice other than what MS is offering doesn't mean the product is a success. It means there are people out there that will buy crappy products simply because they have no other choice, as with ISPs. If you like it means it's a success to the marketing strategy of MS...eliminating support for previous version to force consumers on newer products all the while marketing that it's one great OS. Would you like to be that consumer or would you want to be a consumer that really wants a good product that's worth your hard earn money?

So yes, it might make sense for MS to rewrite a whole new OS but they aren't going to. They can just build code on top of the crappy codes they've already written. Oh, and don't think it makes any sense for MS to start from scratch :o

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