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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 MatthiasF on 1/14/2008 7:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
Until Microsoft adds the Windows 2003 Enterprise kernel (64 GB RAM limit) to Vista or Windows 7, I won't be buying either. At the pace RAM memory is growing and getting cheaper, the whole 32-bit/64-bit kernel crap is going to be a huge issue in 3 years. They might as well bite the bullet and feed us the kernel that's worked for years to save us all time later.

As far as I'm concerned, all of the other issues with Vista are easily avoided by disabling things (we don't need), so we shouldn't bother griping. In a couple years when you can get 8 GB of RAM for under $100, you're going to be really angry when you realize you need to reinstall the operating system to get your money's worth. This assumes Microsoft won't provide a 64-bit upgrade process at some point, but how many of you are expecting that miracle?




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