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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 HardwareD00d on 8/1/2007 3:24:34 AM , Rating: 1
Microsoft makes all their money kind of like formula writers write books (Harry Potter anyone?).

1. force a new OS on everyone every 2-3 years (more $$$)
2. require all MS "Certified Developers/Engineers/etc" to re-certify their skills every 2-3 years(more $$$)
3. require upgrade of processors/video cards/ram every 2-3 years via directX updates and new OS releases. (more $$$, essentially forcing most people to buy a new PC).
4. change development platforms and server platforms so that new code and training is required. (more $$$).

That is why Linux is looking so sweet now. Stop being monopolized you sheep.

RE: yeah right
By HardwareD00d on 8/1/2007 3:35:26 AM , Rating: 1
I'm a software engineer and have been in the M$ camp for a long time. I am so sick of having to re-learn everything every two years. I don't care about Vista and all the eye-candy. I've started porting all my code to Java.

Java is enhanced by Sun frequently, but it doesn't compromise backward compatibility. The code will run on multiple patforms and is CPU independent. I'm living in bliss... no recertification, no new hardware required. sure, better hardware inproves preformance, but it isn't a requirement.

RE: yeah right
By wordsworm on 8/1/2007 10:56:47 AM , Rating: 2
I am so sick of having to re-learn everything every two years.
Learning is so hard, isn't it? So, let me ask you this question: have you not noticed an improvement in MS software over the last 12 years? I have. I'm not a programmer, and I'm not an MS fanboy either. My Win ME soured me against them a long time ago. But what's funny is all this fuss over what seems to be a dramatically improved system. I think 32 bit was better than 16 bit. I also believe this 64 bit is an improvement over 32. I don't really see it yet, except that I haven't picked up any viruses yet. I tested its firewall using shields up, and it did even better than my XP system did with ZoneAlarm.

Although I've had it crash once... I think it has to do with RAM issues... something to do with there being a 4GB cap on 32 bit software. Although this is 64 bit, it still seems to choke on it like XP. But this isn't a new problem. It's a problem that hasn't been fixed.

"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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