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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 Setsunayaki on 1/15/2008 7:37:09 AM , Rating: 2
MS spends millions of dollars to create an Operating system so that I can see A graphic of an ANALOG CLOCK on the top right of the screen through a sidebar.....while also seeing a DIGITAL CLOCK on the bottom right of the taskbar on the same screen....

Then you load it with all of this DRM crap...which screws up your audio and when you get into the issue of performance, it has 25% - 33% less performance than what XP delivers.

We then come to the issue of reliability. Windows XP has service packs as well as support for 7+ years...Vista is fairly new and Gamers only buy it because of Direct 10....and Vista Reliability is not that great either...specially when SECURITY means that you have more processes running against your will that monitor your activities..


The market has changed since 2001...

In 2001 it was XP vs Mac OS X. Then came Linux and all of these other Operating Systems that could be used as Work and research-based Operating Systems. This makes the market more competetive since 90% of computers out there are for basic needs.....while in the corporate world, SERVERS are king....and Linux offers a pretty cheap solution at the price of higher maintainance costs per system....and the gain of better resource management.

Microsoft has skilled programmers along with a good development cycle, yet.....their planning is poor considering that in the time it took to Develop Vista, its not so different than XP under the box....

Microsoft could have created something unique. They have the technology...The money...The Resources, the manpower and energy...

...Yet they didn't and the product truly shows it.

I think its better to Skip Vista altogether and wait for their next operating system.

Its not a im a computer enthusiast....People don't want to use double or triple the memory in order to actually run the same programs + the Operating system.

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