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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 andrinoaa on 8/1/2007 2:52:43 AM , Rating: 2
When you consider the grief that Vista has/will cause, I am mighty pissed off that "MICROsoft" didn't bite the bullet and go full on with the new OS. I mean full 64bit and all those other bits that make Linux and Apple great.
I think we are being sold a pup. For god's sake, intel chips have been 64bit enabled for a long time now, what drugs are they on in Redmond? I am now thinking of Linux with vmware to run XP, and how much more advanced than this setup is Vista? Cricky, the hardware is disappearing in the distance and the OS has stripped its gears!!!
angry, no, just pissed off that I have to wait another generation of OS to get were I want to be. This means more money to get into vista( hardware is now cheaper than software DOH ) and then more at the end of its cycle, hell why don't I just write a cheque to MS right now and cut the red tape?


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