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Windows Vista Debuts with Strong Global Sales

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REDMOND, Wash., March 26, 2007 — Initial sales figures from Microsoft show its new operating system Windows Vista made a splash in its debut. In the first month of Windows Vista’s general availability, sales exceeded 20 million licenses, more than doubling the initial pace of sales for its predecessor, Windows XP. These initial figures reflect the broad interest in the security and usability enhancements in Windows Vista.

“We are encouraged to see such a positive consumer response to Windows Vista right out of the gate,” said Bill Veghte, corporate vice president of the Windows Business Group at Microsoft. “While it’s very early in the product lifecycle, we are setting a foundation for Windows Vista to become the fastest-adopted version of Windows ever. Working with our partners, we are helping our customers leverage new tools and programs to accelerate the transition and provide a great user experience.”

Windows Vista license sales after one month of availability have already exceeded the total of Windows XP license sales in the earlier product’s first two months of availability. In January 2002, the company announced sales of Windows XP licenses had exceeded 17 million after two months on the market.

The more than 20 million copies shipped represent Windows Vista licenses sold to PC manufacturers, copies of upgrades and the full packaged product sold to retailers and upgrades ordered through the Windows Vista Express Upgrade program from January 30 to February 28.

Microsoft’s PC-maker industry partners confirm consumer interest is strong. “Since the launch of Windows Vista, Dell consumer customers have overwhelmingly chosen premium versions of the operating system that enable them to have a richer experience with music, video, photography and other computing applications they choose,” said Neil Hand, vice president of Dell’s Consumer Product Group. “Customers' initial experience with Windows Vista has been quite positive, and we will continue to try to deliver the best customer experience possible,” Hand added.

Source: Microsoft
 
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Big difference between retail purchases vs. new box OEM installations.

P.S. Jimmy, your post has a lot of CTRL C + P, such that it is LESS NEWS and MORE marketing copy.
 
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Big difference between retail purchases vs. new box OEM installations.

P.S. Jimmy, your post has a lot of CTRL C + P, such that it is LESS NEWS and MORE marketing copy.
It's a press release. All of it is copied directly from the M$ website rather than writing it myself - look around at some of the other news stories, any that have press release badges next to them will be the same. It's partly us newsposters being lazy, partly just because some stories aren't worth cutting down and analysing. I agree Microsoft had a very marketing approach in its story, I'll cut the worst bits out :)

Edit: there, the second half is gone because it was just M$ going on about Vista features rather than the story.
 

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so most of this is OEM right? Coming from OEM vendors such as HP, Dell, Gateway, etc.
 

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I have 3 copies of Vista, but I haven't installed them yet because waiting for god dam r600.
 
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lol...owned

I feel sorry for the people who actually bought it.
I don't...I'm running Vista right now on a laptop my dad got from an OEM (Gateway), and I love it. Much easier than any older version of Windows, much prettier, and generally faster/more fun.
 
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LOL that is a marketing press release, it focuses on licenses more so then revenue.
Casheti I get what your saying :toast:
 
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I wasn't saying Vista was bad, I love it too. I have it also.

What I meant was...PAYING for it is silly :p
:roll: I guess it depends on whether or not you feel that you should pay for quality software :laugh:.
 

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I would pay for quality software...but this my friend...is not quality software.

I'm not gonna pay £300 for Vista Ultimate to slow down my gaming experience. That's like paying to be shot.
 
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Oh that's right, for some people it's more quality than others, and it's also a bit cheaper for some than others. For example. Windows Vista Home Premium would cost $120 USD a license (what is that, 70 British Pounds Sterling?) if I got it via Newegg (:love:), but $240 USD a license if I got it from the local Best Buy. Vista Ultimate would run me $200 per Newegg license, which is alright, but I don't have the need/time for all the extra things I'd be paying for.