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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: Skeptical
By East17 on 8/1/2007 12:42:43 PM , Rating: 0
I'm a great advocate of the anti-piracy crowd BUT ... I would never touch the VISTA for the following reasons :

1)It's awfully expensive . IT SIMPLE DOESN'T DESERVE THE PRICE . 100$ the cheapest version ?!!?!? A fair and very profitable price would be 30$ . Those 400$ versions are just black humor .

2)It's not finished . It's not mature ... It doesn't bring the performance improvement that would make it deserve the investment .


For 30$ a license ... 60 million = 1.8 billion in five weeks .

That's around 15 billion in a year ... and in 5 years that would be around 75 billion .

I think that would be more than fair for a piece of software that's being developed with much lower costs than what Microsoft is bragging . (I have quite a few friends programming for M$ in Redmond)

Considering that the SERVER versions of the OS can and SHOULD be more expensive ... that would round the whole income of M$ (just VISTA related) to around 100 billion in 5 years .

That's 1 billion more than Romania's budget for the year 2006 . A country with 23 million people .

And these money come just from VISTA ... there are other sources of income for M$ .

Don't worry ... it wouldn’t go bankrupt ... it would just be fair .


So this brings me to the BUNDELING issue . In that 60mil number , the bundled Vista Home Ed are included ? Those OSes that you format-off your laptop immediately after you buy it ?!?! I would like NOT to be force to buy them ... for those 60$ or so , the laptop manufacturer could put a bigger HDD or more memory or just use a DAMN ATi chipset instead of those miserable Intel GMA's .

If the bundled versions are included in those 60 mil , it is not fair because it's not people's choice and it doesn't represent a VISTA / Microsoft "achievement" . That only stands for Microsoft's MONOPOLISATION POWER .

For the record : I'm not a Linux fan ... I use it rarely ... It's good but I like M$ software more . But I think the truth should come up once and for all .

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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