Microsoft didn't seem to have any problems with forecasted
sales projections for Windows Vista when analysts were abuzz at the end of
2006. In late November, IDC projected that
over 90 million copies of Windows Vista would ship in 2007 -- far outpacing
the 67 million copies of Windows XP shipped during its first year on the
Now after slow initial sales of Windows Vista, Microsoft is
saying that the analysts were "overly aggressive" with their sales projections. According to PC Advisor, Vista sales are off 60% compared to the 2001 launch of Windows XP. Revenue is also down by 23% so far with Vista's launch.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer repeatedly suggested that piracy is the
reason why Vista is coming up short in sales. As a result, Ballmer feels
that Microsoft must step up its antipiracy efforts to protect Vista sales worldwide.
The move to stave off increases in pirate activity will no doubt affect the
everyday users of Microsoft's operating systems. "We [will] really ferret
through how far we can dial it up, and what that means for customer experience
and customer satisfaction," said Ballmer.
"Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue
growth, and I think we'll make some piracy improvements this year,"
Ballmer continued. "We will have strong growth in the Windows business in
emerging markets: China, India, Brazil, Russia and many others. Those markets
are very high in piracy."
Microsoft is no stranger to piracy and Bill Gates recently
had a front row seat when boastful Romanian
President Traian Basescu proclaimed that "[Piracy] set off the
development of the IT industry in Romania... It helped Romanians improve their
creative capacity in the IT industry, which has become famous around the
A senior attorney for Microsoft also estimates that over 33% of all
Microsoft software available worldwide is pirated.
quote: IF you order from online hardware/software vendors, such as newegg, the pricing is on par with that of XP
quote: The Earth's shape is very close to an oblate spheroid, although the precise shape (the geoid) varies from this by up to 100 metres (327 ft).
quote: Vista is a major step backwards for computer usability.
quote: If, on the other hand, you do purchase DRM-locked content, and features of Vista help prohibit use outside of the purchase terms, you blame that on Vista? I don't follow your logic.
quote: Ballmer: Piracy to Blame For Slow Vista Sales
quote: Vista is more about raising revenue for MS than anything else.
quote: Now, if Apple released Mac OS X for PCs, I'd be all over it. Mac OS X is pretty AND functional.
quote: Well, they are a business, after all! You make it (revenue/profit) sound like a bad thing. LOL.
quote: Please, name one feature that OS X has over Vista... I'm curious.
quote: lol, you say you installed Vista and played a few games, and that if gaming were better on Vista there would be a reason to upgrade but as it is there's no reason, yet you also say that if you could install OSX you'd be all over it, despite the fact that there are almost no modern games that will even run on OSX at all! Interesting logic there.
quote: These forums are filled with "sophisticated users". And after reading the majority of these posts, the general consensus seems to be that Vista offers no tangible benefits over XP.
quote: No disabling of OS implied. However, no updates or fixes you can count on.
quote: You have to ask yourself one question. What do I need to do that I cant do with Windows XP that would require me to run Vista?