Microsoft didn't seem to have any problems with forecasted
sales projections for Windows Vista when analysts were abuzz at the end of
2006. In late November, IDC projected that
over 90 million copies of Windows Vista would ship in 2007 -- far outpacing
the 67 million copies of Windows XP shipped during its first year on the
Now after slow initial sales of Windows Vista, Microsoft is
saying that the analysts were "overly aggressive" with their sales projections. According to PC Advisor, Vista sales are off 60% compared to the 2001 launch of Windows XP. Revenue is also down by 23% so far with Vista's launch.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer repeatedly suggested that piracy is the
reason why Vista is coming up short in sales. As a result, Ballmer feels
that Microsoft must step up its antipiracy efforts to protect Vista sales worldwide.
The move to stave off increases in pirate activity will no doubt affect the
everyday users of Microsoft's operating systems. "We [will] really ferret
through how far we can dial it up, and what that means for customer experience
and customer satisfaction," said Ballmer.
"Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue
growth, and I think we'll make some piracy improvements this year,"
Ballmer continued. "We will have strong growth in the Windows business in
emerging markets: China, India, Brazil, Russia and many others. Those markets
are very high in piracy."
Microsoft is no stranger to piracy and Bill Gates recently
had a front row seat when boastful Romanian
President Traian Basescu proclaimed that "[Piracy] set off the
development of the IT industry in Romania... It helped Romanians improve their
creative capacity in the IT industry, which has become famous around the
A senior attorney for Microsoft also estimates that over 33% of all
Microsoft software available worldwide is pirated.