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Subdued reactions to Windows Vista launch?

updated 02:10 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007

Subdued reactions to Vista

Today's release of Windows Vista, the main competitor to Mac OS X Leopard, has already met with a low-key response, says Electronista. Although early store openings and special events had been scheduled to accommodate the most eager early adopters, far fewer appeared at the openings than expected. CompUSA's main San Francisco store saw considerably fewer buyers than the 500 to 1,000 originally expected; many of these shoppers were also only there to take advantage of Vista-related hardware discounts, wrote CNET's Jessica Dolcourt. Similar results were seen in Raleigh and other large cities. A mid-week launch and hesitation over joining crowds were cited by CompUSA representatives as partly to blame for the slow uptake at the chain, which had begun "Midnight Madness" campaigns independent from Microsoft.

However, the reaction may have also been due to the new climate in the computer market, according to the Washington Times. While earlier Windows launches took place at the zenith of Microsoft's hold over software and services, the burgeoning of OS-independent, Internet-based tools such as Firefox or Google look to erode Microsoft's once rock-steady influence. The recent popularity of the Mac in homes and Linux in businesses has also changed the environment, the Times' Alan Sipress said. Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell was optimistic, saying that Vista would be "positive" for the Redmond developer in the long term, but admitted that the new OS would not have the "Windows 95 impact" which saw massive lineups and a frenzied demand for a Windows upgrade.




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  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not surprised

    Who in their right mind would line up to buy garbage?

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    now now...

    Vista is far from garbage... it is Mac OS X like in many ways (windowing environment, etc.) and has many features that Mac OS X hasn't yet tackled (some because they are partly out of the target market for Mac OS X).

    Vista is a good foundation for MS going forward... with that said it also has some features that are poorly designed (at least visually) but they have to start some place.

    Of course for my daily grind (home and work) I use Mac OS X and will continue to do so (like it better then any version of Windows)

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yaaaawwwwwwwnnnnn..

    Yaaaaawwwwwwnnnn.........zZzZzZzZzZZzz...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    playing it down

    MS has been working overtime to play down the launch of Vista, and deservedly so...

    ...worst bungle: Bill Gates walking off the set of The Daily Show before the show was over! D'oh!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: playing it down

    ...worst bungle: Bill Gates walking off the set of The Daily Show before the show was over! D'oh!



    He walked off the show technically before the segment was over. All guests are off the set by the time the show concludes.

    And maybe he had places to go. Or he had to use the head. Or he saw John Hodgeman and left out of malice. Or he just didn't know he was supposed to stay around until they went to commercial.

    But I certainly wouldn't call it the worst bungle. h***, look at Windows 3.0! Or Windows Me! (I'm trying to keep it down to the really, really, really bad ones...)

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    500 million

    Not sure I would call a 500 million dollar ad campaign and attempt to down play Vista.

  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    lol

    500$ to market something they could just buy from apple for 40$ a license and resell.

    hahah.. losers.

    for the sake of the planet i hope vista is better than previous versions for the sake of M$ i hope it is a huge flop.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Vuck Vista

    http://www.vuckvista.com/

  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Of course...

    ...the launch wasn't so big as Windows 95. As crashy as it was, 95 was a HUGE leap over the sucky Windows 3.11.

    People are happy with and used to XP. They won't switch until they have to buy a new CPU.

    Anyway, I can't recall any moment in the history of M$ where they released an OS on time. They are hacks coding until the last minute. I find it funny, that there are already 3 updates waiting in the wings after the user installs Vista.

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