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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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you idiots
By thatguy39 on 7/31/2007 4:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone talks all this crap about Vista and all of you idiots who talk smack will be running Vista in the next year to year and a half. Soon as all these DirectX 10 games come out you haters will be jumping ship from XP.




RE: you idiots
By sturedrup on 7/31/2007 5:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to miss the point. For something that has been in the works for half a decade now and we are expect to purchase and run the crap in its current state is a joke. I am all for vista, hell if vista DELIEVERED what it PROMISED I'll go out right now and buy a copy.


RE: you idiots
By ATC on 8/1/2007 2:27:32 AM , Rating: 2
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Everyone talks all this crap about Vista and all of you idiots who talk smack will be running Vista in the next year to year and a half.

I don't know about everyone.

I've used Windows for as long as I can remember. I was in the Vista and Office 2007 beta program and thanks to MSFT I have my free copy of Vista Ultimate and Office in exchange for my submitting a few bugs here and there over the course of two years.

But this is the first time that I am truly interested in trying out something else. Not a single version of Windows before Vista made me even think about a switch and here I am about to try out Linux on an old PC and am a few days away from ordering a macbook pro.

While I'm sure Vista has more than delivered for many people, it hasn't for me. But more than that, I am more aware now of MSFT's priorities and vision and without going into details here, for me personally, I don't like it.

Thankfully I haven't fallen victim yet to the DX10's hype. A PC for me has slowly been transformed into a do-it-all-but-gaming machine, especially after owning a 360 and a PS3.

I know I am not in the majority here on this but I also know I'm not the only one. Linux and OSX have seen surges recently like they've never seen before and I honestly think MSFT is to thank for that. I wouldn't call it a mass migration but it's definitely a sure and slow migration away from MSFT.


"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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