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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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I use vista no issues
By Nik00117 on 3/27/2007 4:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
I use vista somtimes, although I still perfer XP.

From my meories vista is just as bugging, and difficult to deal with when XP came out.

Many poeple tend to forget SP2 fixed a lot of issues along with patches that MS releases. I enjoy vista, I enjoy the 3-d flip, the showing speed of your HD, the gadgets, I enjoy the new layout.

I don't enjoy the buggyness (Its noticeable) I don't enjoy the system req.

However I then remind myself this is a NEW OS, implying NEW OS. Meaning the bugs aren't tweaked out of it.

Vista is a fine OS, and I don't mind it one bit. Poeple that diss it are just MS haters.

I'm betting that most MS haters, are bashing MS using MS products, regradless if its priated or not if you don't like the software don't use it, and stop it with your nagging.

O and don't even say I don't know what the linux exp is, I had a partition with ubuntu on it. I still perfer windows.




RE: I use vista no issues
By goku on 3/28/2007 12:05:43 AM , Rating: 2
I use XP with SP1 only as SP2 didn't fix any issues but created new ones, killing backward compatiblity with some of my applications.


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