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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'm all about the GAMES!!!
By nerdye on 3/27/2007 9:18:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think people bash vista too much as its not that bad, yet I feel its unfortunate that consumers, like my friend who just purchased a sick laptop with a core 2 duo in it from gateway, cannot find proper drivers on gateways site in order to install windows xp properly, vista for life yo, haha!

But that ain't my point, just a business side note of the operating system industry.

My point is, I have a super burley gaming desktop right now, a well OC'd core 2 with all the fixings to match, yet I WILL NOT run vista on it as I cannot accept 30% to even 10% less frame rate compared to the same hardware running xp. Frame rate is what I spent more than an inexpensive car on my system for, Vista, you will be my friend one day, I do not hate you, but you will have to wait to kick it in my house. Now excuse me as bf2142 beckons me.

RE: I'm all about the GAMES!!!
By noirsoft on 3/29/2007 11:41:08 PM , Rating: 2
Since your system is 100% tuned to do one thing only, it makes sense for you to not change anything until the new OS can match current performance (I expect it will, as driver writers get more familiar with the changes)

I remember when 2000/XP were new and gamers were saying how they wouldn't switch from 98 because games were slower. Same thing.

However, it is wrong to say that you "CANNOT" take the performance hit. You have CHOSEN that the performance bottom-line is more important to you than the new features in Vista.

Heck, one of my PCs is fine-tuned for pro music apps (Cubase, specifically) and I can't upgrade to Vista on that because drivers don't exist for some of the hardware I have. It's not a knock on Vista, just a general statement that small niche markets tend to be slower to upgrade than mainstream PCs. Doesn't stop me from running Vista on my other desktop and laptop and preferring Vista overall.

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