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
"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."
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."