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There's going to be more Windows Vista than automobiles by 2008

Although many PC users are still satisfied with their Windows XP experience, Microsoft was proud to announce that it has shipped 60 million copies of its Windows Vista operating system.

In particular, Microsoft boasted that it had quickly surpassed the entire install base of another computer maker that’s better known these days for its music players. "By our math, we eclipsed the entire install base of Apple in the first five weeks of shipment," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's COO.

While 60 million copies would be an impressive number for any other software maker, an operating system from Microsoft must aspire to reach completely new heights. Microsoft isn’t simply looking at millions of units – it’s looking at the billions.

"The install base of Windows computers this coming 12 months will reach one billion," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO. "If you stop and think about that for a second, by end of our fiscal year '08 there will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which to me is kind of a mind-numbing concept."

Earlier this year, shortly after the launch of Windows Vista, Ballmer blamed piracy for the operating system’s sluggish start, while also viewing the stop of illegal activity as a chance to grow sales. "Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue growth, and I think we'll make some piracy improvements this year," Ballmer said.

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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RE: Skeptical
By SoCalBoomer on 7/31/2007 3:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
Say 100% from 07 and 08, 75% from 06, 50% from 05, 25% from 04, and 10% from 03 (just pulling reasonable scalar numbers out my arse) and you've got:

03 - 17M
04 - 45M
05 - 104M
06 - 175M
07 - 257M
08 - 287M

Total: 885M . . .

RE: Skeptical
By darkpaw on 7/31/2007 5:04:11 PM , Rating: 3
Having worked in used hardware for years, I can safely say the typical first life-span of a PC is 3-5 years. I'd say the average is pushing the higher end over the last several years as companies see little reason to upgrade their systems. As of last summer when I changed jobs, the vast majority of the systems coming in where still low-mid range PIII's. Most anything P4 or newer companies did not dispose of unless they were non-functional, because they can do office work just fine.

Up until 3 years, its probably a good 90%+ of the systems still in operation, and it might drop off at 10% or so per year after that. Many home users keep their PC's in use 5-10 years. Even if they give the PC to junior or grandma it still counts as a PC in use.

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