40 Million Vistas?

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates trumpeted the fact that the company has sold 40 million copies of Vista since the operating system hit the market. I'd link the article too, but CNet links rarely work right, so....

Anyway. Microsoft may well have sold 40 million copies of Vista, but one thing I know for sure: There aren't 40 million installs of Vista. I haven't run into anyone yet who is planning to get it, our company has no plans to get it, and none of the companies we work with have plans to get it. And lets not forget the fact that a large portion of those sales that did make it to users have since been replaced with some other OS, including Windows XP.

The figure is terribly misleading because it represents how many copies M$ has shipped to OEM's and with not so many people actually buying PCs right now all it amounts to is deceptive marketing. But M$ is no stranger to that. Microsoft also tries to tout this as though people have a choice in the matter. Anyone with a brain knows they don't at the retail level. If I were to try and buy a prebuilt PC today I'd have no alternative but Vista.

Further, big mail order companies like Dell and HP have seen enough demand for older stuff like XP and Linux that they've been forced to start offfering these choices again. Not that I'd ever recommend anyone buy a Dell, but still. It should be taken as a sign that Vista isn't all that Bill says it is.

I'm sure Apple will appreciate all of the new sales it's picking up as a result of the disaster that is Vista.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on May 25, 2007 8:44 am by Samson in: | 2 comment(s) [Closed]
The only reason I'm not still using Vista is that no one had a video decoder for AVC that worked on it yet.

At the moment, I'm not even using Windows at all, but if I got around to getting my Windows box back up (which I really only use for games anyway) I wouldn't even consider putting Vista on it.

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