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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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Consistency plays a part
By eye smite on 1/9/2008 12:37:56 AM , Rating: 3
In many cases people don't want to learn something new, they get comfortable with what they have. They know how it works, they can do things within an OS they've used for so long without really thinking about it, it just becomes reflex or instinctive. I understand that MS is in the business of making money, most companies are. What I don't see as being harmful though is having 2 versions of windows so that people can choose a preference. I'm thinking back to win98 and nt4 at the same time. Win ME and 2k at the same time. What's the harm in having WinXp and Vista at the same time for 2 or even 3 more years. It's certainly not going to hurt their earnings and may help as you're giving people a choice to go and buy a new system without vista on it, or vice versa. Because of a lack of consistency and a changing pace that people do not want to adapt or conform to, you will see alot of consumers make their current xp systems last and run longer than is necessary. I still know people that stick to windows 98 and even the dreaded ME because they are comfortable with it, know how it works and do not want to learn xp and now vista. It's just that simple.

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