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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: yeah right
By wallijonn on 7/31/2007 5:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
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I suspect in less than a year you will be able to do almost anything you can do on XP in Vista.


hmmm. So, unless there is a reason to upgrade, there is no reason to upgrade? After all, why go through driver hell if you do not need to?

The reasons to upgrade are hardware and software, like using 64 bit processors with 64 bit OSs and the new 64 bit applications. And why do you need 64 bit apps? Because it's a 64 bit OS.

As a gamer I will not be upgrading. Anyone who uses the internet doesn't really need 64 bit apps. (or do they?). Email can probably work just as well in 32 bit as in 64 bit. So what 64 bit apps really blow away the older 32 bit versions?


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