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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 AlexWade on 3/27/2007 6:50:39 PM , Rating: 0
What is not nice is Vista's User Account Control. Microsoft still doesn't get it. Users shouldn't be annoyed (and limited) administrators, they should be limited users with only 1 root user. I understand why, but if they were making us relearn everything, they should have made that important change.

And Vista is a resource hog. I hate that.

By ScythedBlade on 3/27/2007 7:38:52 PM , Rating: 3

.... resource hog? Open up a program. It doesn't cause a huge memory dent as if you opened up in XP ... Superfetch basically preloads programs ... its not a resource hog ... its just a better utilization of wasted memory. Besides, whats the use of not using RAM you have?

It sure isn't faster to have 1 GB of unused ram .... just makes it easier to open new programs to take up that 1 GB of unused ram ... but heck, why not load them in the ram, and open the program, which will not do anything to the ram that's already used since its alrady using it.

By leexgx on 3/29/2007 10:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
Troll your self

vista is resource uses and is about 5-10% slower then XP is quite true it requires 2-3 times the ram of XP (XP will run quite happy on 512mb or 256mb games 1gb-1.5gb ram but norm 2x1gb ram used)

vista needs 1gb ram to run smoth should be used norm or 2-3gb for gameing or you mite run into Disk pageing with some games that use more then 1gb of ram

i not found an way to Force Vista not to use the page file untill its needed yet as i can do that on XP

i going to Dual XP as for everything els work/gameing DX9

Vista as DX10 gameing only as gameing performace suffers or not stable on Vista but alot of that is due to nvidia at this time but i guess we cant sue nvidia as there last line in there agreement says we can provide you crap drivers and it ant are problem

i got an little bord of to many things not working right or Not been optimised at the time and other things like search still trying to work out how to use it (god know how norm users going to work out how to do an full search)

i probly Only use vista for DX10 games i probly should of not even payed for vista just load on up and stop the clock (ATI need to bring there New Video card out)

Superfetch is an good idea works well i agree on that

i been useing it for an month or so now and i find it good and annoying at the same time (i could make an list but i could rave on about its good points and bad points)

By user111 on 3/27/2007 7:59:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think UAC is a wonderful thing to have happen to Vista. It's true that it's annoying at first, but there is no reason why it shouldn't be..

ISV/programmers in general need to start thinking about writing safer applications. If you writing a program to say calculate square root of pi, there's no reason this program needs to run with elevated privileges. I would say at least 50% of all apps are under this category. If everyone were to follow MS recommended practices for this sort of situation, I'm sure a lot of those annoying UAC prompts will go away and your apps will be much much safer..

By Nekrik on 3/27/2007 8:31:41 PM , Rating: 3
and a lot of the same recommended practices were in place for XP but no one listened. The admin account was chosen as the default since a newly installed machine usually need to be configured. The idea was that the user would then switch to a limited user account after it was configured but they didn't do so. On the third party developer side very few apps ran correctly under user accounts when the 'Run as Admin' functionality was used, this is fault of the third party company not testing/developing correctly.

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