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Vista Sales Dismal When Compared to XP
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Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:11 pm Reply and quote this post
The sales numbers are coming in and they don ít speak to well for Vista. Compared to the launch sales of XP, Vista is selling 59% less boxed copies. A significant loss to be sure, but what could cause such a dip in expected sales?

One could argue that a major factor is the huge jump in required system specs. Anyone savvy enough to endeavor a Vista install themselves will have some sense of the kind of PC needed to take full advantage of the new OS. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have such a robust machine. Also, a lot of people are content with their current XP install. From the view point of the average consumer there does not seem to be as big a difference between XP and Vista as there was between Windows ME and XP.

It should be mentioned as well, that the same sales figures show a 67% increase in new PC sales compared to the same week last year. This shows us that a lot of people who are interested in Vista where holding out for Vista to launch before they purchased a new PC

http://news.com.com/Sales+of+boxed+Vista+copies+down+over+XP/2100-1016_3-6159700.html

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:26 am Reply and quote this post
Why am I not surprised? Vista maybe the best OS out there now (next to Linux), but a lot of the fortune 500 cooperations aren't eager to move from Windows 2000 to Vista yet.
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:30 am Reply and quote this post
May well be 18 months> 2 years before corporates upgrade en masse.
Loads of them probably still run 2000.

Gets the job done without the bloatware.

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Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:47 am Reply and quote this post
I wonder how long Micro$oft will wait for the people using Windows 2000 to upgrade 'till they stop support for the OS?
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:39 pm Reply and quote this post
i for one would never TOUCH the filth that is windows vista.  I care too much about my computer to do that
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Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:30 pm Reply and quote this post
windows vista, the true windows xp, that cannot run software, just like gates demo of hell
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Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:53 am Reply and quote this post
a lot of consumers are apprehensive of launch bugs associated with typical windows releases. they have 'learned' this time, and i'd be willing to bet most of the people who haven't bought yet will...just not yet.
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Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:52 am Reply and quote this post
I'd be running Vista right now if my local Uni had it to buy yet.

I think the biggest reasons, as already said above, are the bugs and horrible support from 3rd parties. Even nVidia doesn't have a decent driver set yet for Vista that's mostly bug free. XP is also a very stable OS nowadays whose uptime can be measured in months instead of days between reboots. And finally some people are either buying new PCs or simply waiting for the first Service Pack.

I still recall the ruckus caused by XP's own requirements, many of the same things were said.  

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Sun Feb 25, 2007 2:34 am Reply and quote this post
I find it funny that Ballmer's blaming pirates for the low sales of Vista. I somehow don't think that's exactly the full truth. Like people have said already, I think it's just the fact that people don't want to upgrade.
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