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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 andrinoaa on 1/9/2008 2:58:25 AM , Rating: 2
I would move to vista if
1/ all my hardware had 64bit drivers
2/ the software of choice - cubase and Quickbooks worked on vista 64.
As it stands, Quickbooks needs to be replaced at $190 ( this is a rip-off in itself ) and cubase cannot be recommended to run safely. AND vista is sold at $400 AUS!
Cubase costs $1200, and I have a feeling that the next upgrade is going to cost again. I have had 4gb of ram for over a year on 2 pcs at home. I don't have any real issues with vista or xp. BUT, why did MS decide to have 4 different flavours AND an option of 32 or 64 bit? This surely has sent the software developers to hell and back. No wonder they haven't caught up yet! Yes , I agree, it should have been 64bit . If legacy software doesn't work too well on vista 32, then it might as well be junk for most people. If its a new computer with new software, you would be absolutly stupid not to go 64b vista. A setting that allows legacy products to run in virtual mem could have been implemented
Yes, Vista could have been a whole lot more. People are entitled to belittle it for this reason. Yes , there is absolutely no reason to run less than 2gb ram because it is soooooo cheap at $59 AUS
Yes MS is choking on its sandwich because they would have expected better sales,not because of lack of sales.They are run by bean counters and they expect sales growth.

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