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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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By Mudvillager on 3/27/2007 1:19:27 PM , Rating: 2
+ a lot more stable and full dual-core utilization.

I haven't got a single crash / instability issue since I installed Ultimate x64 about two months ago.

By Nekrik on 3/27/2007 2:08:28 PM , Rating: 3
Same here, not a single crash since the final release. At work I've had all five flavors running for a while on a variety of machines, unfortunately all machines from the same vendor, but still a pretty wide range of proc, memory, and configurations.

By athlonotaku on 3/27/2007 2:18:01 PM , Rating: 2
The only problem I've had with Vista is my sound drivers for my X-Fi card.

Which can be argued that its not Vista's problem and more Creative's problem.

Other than that I find the new features really beneficial for the PC's typical end user.

By TomZ on 3/27/2007 2:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
full dual-core utilization.

Compared to what? Are you saying the "utilization" is any different than XP?

By BMFPitt on 3/27/2007 4:42:17 PM , Rating: 2
"Implementation" might have been a better term. I'm pretty sure that XP can't tell the difference between physical and virtual processors, but Vista can (but I'm not sure of that.)

By hergieburbur on 3/27/2007 5:38:21 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, it can. Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to use a Dual-Core CPU on XP Home (1CPU), or Quad-Core CPU on XP pro (1-2 CPU), since that would be a violation of the license agreement.

Vista however, does do a better job of managing the way resources are distributed to the various cores, and I think thats what he meant.

By Psychless on 3/27/2007 9:30:32 PM , Rating: 2
While I can not give an experience of Vista I can give one of xp. I've had XP for five years now and I have experienced but one crash. That was because my power supply was not providing enough power to my video card and totally unrelated to the software. Unless Microsoft made Vista less stable than XP could only be better.

By semo on 3/28/2007 1:29:20 AM , Rating: 2
i can't remember the last time i had a crash in xp but that's and i'm sure i won't have problems in vista. that's only because i've been using firefox and openoffice lately and you don't expect that to bsod your pc.

so saying "vista is stable" without specifying what your using it for is as informative as pr speak.

By Etern205 on 3/28/2007 7:59:41 AM , Rating: 1
Windows XP is stable after Service Pack2 came out.
How long did users have to wait for SP2?
About 3 years or so.

Windows Vista is stable right from the start
even the RC version are stable enough
to be the finalized product.

You deserve a Windows Vista Starter Edition shoved up your
ignorant a$$!

By semo on 3/28/2007 9:09:11 AM , Rating: 2
spend a few minutes rereading my post and you'll see i did not badmouth vista in any way. how could, i'm not using it so i don't know.

of course it's going to be stable for some in the beginning but what about professionals and cad/cam users with pro graphics cards.

how about maya 5 or multisim 8? i use those apps sometimes. has anyone tried running day of the tentacle or grim fandango on vista? most say vista is "stable", some say the opposite and almost never give any other details. those sort of comments don't tell me or anyone anything useful or new.

finally, i haven't had any big problems before sp2 that i can remember of. only that one virus that kept restarting windows, often before you got the chance to download the fix.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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