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
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."