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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 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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