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Microsoft says that first month sales of Vista doubled those of XP

Microsoft is touting early sales figures for Windows Vista as testament to the operating system's new features and security enhancements. According to Microsoft, the sale of Windows Vista licenses more than doubled those of Windows XP during its first month of availability.

Windows XP managed to rack up 17 million licenses within its first two months of availability while Windows Vista hit 20 million within the first month. The numbers include licenses acquired by PC OEMs, retail copies sold in stores and upgrades ordered through the Windows Vista Express Upgrade Program.

"We are encouraged to see such a positive consumer response to Windows Vista right out of the gate," said Windows Business Group VP Bill Veghte. "While it’s very early in the product lifecycle, we are setting a foundation for Windows Vista to become the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever. Working with our partners, we are helping our customers leverage new tools and programs to accelerate the transition and provide a great user experience."

According to Michael Silver of Gartner Research, however, the fact that Windows Vista sales have doubled Windows XP sales shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. According to Silver, 52 million PCs were sold in 2002 – the first full year of Windows XP availability. Over 92 million PCs are expected to be sold in 2007.

Last month Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was less optimistic about initial Vista sales citing increased piracy around the world. Ballmer noted that analysts were "overly aggressive" with their Vista sales forecasts.

Shortly after Ballmer's comments, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was more upbeat and stated that Vista had been "incredibly well received." Gates continued, "People who sell PCs have seen a very nice lift in their sales. People have come in and wanted to buy Vista."

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This says it all
By therealnickdanger on 3/27/2007 12:55:11 PM , Rating: 5
the fact that Windows Vista sales have doubled Windows XP sales shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. According to Silver, 52 million PCs were sold in 2002 – the first full year of Windows XP availability. Over 92 million PCs are expected to be sold in 2007 .

Double the number of PC sold and only offer Vista on them... DUH, what else do they expect? I don't doubt that Vista is more successful, though, even if you adjust the numbers to make them relative. The marketing push for Vista is far beyond what XP ever was.

To its credit, Vista is quite excellent, I haven't encountered any issues with it and it is faster in some things than XP, so whateva...

RE: This says it all
By SunAngel on 3/27/07, Rating: -1
RE: This says it all
By therealnickdanger on 3/27/07, Rating: 0
RE: This says it all
By Oregonian2 on 3/27/2007 2:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
Lack of potential ability or actual ability? Without the game software, a mega-compute-power gaming system has no ability at all. How does the software selection compare (I have neither, more interested in a Wii I think)?

RE: This says it all
By Lakku on 3/27/2007 5:38:54 PM , Rating: 2
The software selection doesn't compare. But, the 360 has been out for quite awhile compared to the PS3 and Wii. The titles that are out for both systems tend to look/play better on the 360 however. A lot of this has to do with the tools available for devs on the 360 vs PS3, and the fact people have had more time to use the 360. An example is Armored Core 4. It is out on PS3 and 360, however, the PS3 version only uses 720p output. The 360 on the other hand can output at 480, 720p, 1080i and 1080p, natively. Yeah, it is one of the first 360 games to use 1080p. Kinda funny if you ask me, since Sony touts all this 1080p crap, and a popular game is only available in 1080p on the 360.

RE: This says it all
By hergieburbur on 3/27/2007 5:55:35 PM , Rating: 3
Very few games for PS3 are 1080p yet.

If you want a good comparison of their relative powers, compare a PS3 game from next year at this time (once devs have had some time to learn the system), to an XBox 360 game of today. That way you are looking at the same relative time on the market.

Remember, launch XBox360 games didn't look as good as those that are out today.

RE: This says it all
By SiN on 3/28/2007 5:21:50 AM , Rating: 2
Completely off topic, i think you misread, or read something (don't know how) into the post. Comparison of Windows XP to Windows Vista not PS3 to X360.

RE: This says it all
By Shark Tek on 3/27/2007 2:21:51 PM , Rating: 2
Another thing to consider is that PCs are more accessible and cheaper than those of 2002.

That MS statement isn't fair.

RE: This says it all
By MonkeyPaw on 3/27/2007 3:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
You can also figure that between 2002 and now, the knowledge of the "average" user has increased somewhat. A newly released OS is on the radar of the average users today as opposed to 2002. Thanks to the constant barrage of security attacks on XP over the last 4-5 years, people have a very good idea of what an OS is and what it does. People purchase more things online now, and they have more personal information on thier PC's today. This is why MS is marketing Vista as more secure, as it is probably the best way to sell it to people concerned with identity theft and losing thier media.

Also, the measures used in the article might be a bit misleading if you don't read carefully. XP sold 17 million over 2 months , while Vista sold 20 million in 1 month. Using these numbers, Vista sales are up 58% over XP's 1 month average (8.5 million), while PC sales are only expected to go up 43% over 2002's sales. That would suggest that Vista is selling better, perhaps 10-15% better than XP if the "trend" continues. Since we're dealing with just 1 month of sales data for Vista, I don't put much stock in the numbers I came up with, but they are at least trying to use the information we have as best as possible.

RE: This says it all
By retrospooty on 3/27/2007 11:55:49 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, I read retail sales are really poor for Vista. Not surprising considering the price is way too high.

Other than the price, Vista is pretty damn nice though.

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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