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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 ebakke on 1/12/2008 8:04:08 PM , Rating: 2
Office 2007 is maybe the best software release of 2007. For all its differences from earlier incarnations, everything is well-placed and intuitive. It took me all of 20 minutes to get used to Word, Excel and PowerPoint (the only portions I really use).

For me it is the complete opposite. I think Office 2007 is far worse than 2003, and offers no real improvements. The functionality is the same, and the interface is a step backwards. I've spent so much time searching for things that should be obvious. For example, why isn't printing easily accessible in Word. Why do are there all sorts of options on the "ribbon" but nothing for printing?? You have to click on the Office logo (which apparently is a button) to even see that printing is a option. Seems foolish. Also, they adopted the "ribbon" for the big 3 applications, but continued to use the standard menu system for Outlook. Why?

In the late '80s I bet you were saying something like "Why would I want a GUI? That would require massive re-training."

I'm all for new things, so long as they provide some sort of benefit. Microsoft has been pushing new Office versions for years that offer no improvements, but continue to provide funding for all of its other initiatives.

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