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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 SmokeRngs on 3/27/2007 2:58:32 PM , Rating: 2
The fact that most of the copies sold were OEM by system integrators such as Dell and HP doesn't really matter. Most of the copies of XP were sold the same way.

That there will probably be around twice as many PC sales this year versus the number for XP does matter. In other words, Vista is basically equaling XP sales.

Do these numbers include systems bought with XP back in 2006 that received an upgrade to Vista since it wasn't out to be bought/installed yet for the average person? If those numbers are included here, I'm not sure they should be. Technically, they could probably be counted since the OS didn't actually go out until the public release of Vista. However, the actual sale would have not happened during the period they are counting.

The article also mentions these numbers include upgrades on the Windows Vista Express Upgrade Program. Although I doubt the numbers of upgrades using that method are large, I don't see how they could be counted if someone was just upgrading from one version of Vista to another. You're not actually purchasing a new OS, just a upgrade to the same OS.

Overall, I doubt the Vista launch is doing any better than the XP launch. In a way this looks bad for Vista as I don't remember there being as much PR for XP as there currently is for Vista. My memory could easily be faulty after five years, though.

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