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20m Vista copies sold, outpaces Windows XP

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Tue March 27, 2007

20m Vista copies sold

Microsoft on Monday said it sold more than 20 million copies of Windows Vista in the first month since its debut in late January, revealing that customers are adopting the new operating system at more than double the rate of its predecessor -- Windows XP. "It's a little bit better than what we were expecting," said Windows marketing group director Bill Mannion. The speedy adoption of Windows Vista comes just before Apple plans to release Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, the next generation of its own operating system that will serve as the company's answer to Microsoft and bring Intel-based Mac owners the ability to install as well as boot Windows on their Macs. Microsoft was surprised by how many Vista customers chose to purchase the premium versions of Vista, according to Reuters, as company chief Steve Ballmer said analysts' forecasts for revenue from the new operating system were "overly aggressive." Some industry watchers expect Apple to launch Mac OS X Leopard at a special event planned for the NAB convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Ikon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    20 million will be very dissapointed when they see what Leopard has to offer.

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think that number is fiction. MS is probably making it up to excite the market.

    More copies than XP? whatever!

  1. goatman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    which is it?

    Either PC sales are flat over the last 5 years so the Vista numbers are good, or PC sales have increased and the Vista numbers are flat.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Retail copies? I think not. Computer sales have been held over from Christmas, so the number may have reflected the pent-up demand for OEM units.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    this really has anything to do with Apple/ Mac News how ?

  1. brondee73

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Vista numbers ....

    The full article says:

    "The sales figures represent licenses sold to computer manufacturers, copies of upgrades and boxed software sold to retailers."

    The critical part is that OEM sales to HP, Dell, Gateway, etc. is included. The only way to truly compare Apples Mac OS 10.4 Tiger sales to this would be to tally the retail sales along with every Apple computer ever sold that includes Tiger 10.4. Likewise to compare the upcoming Leopard, journalist need to add up all copies of 10.5 coming out of Cupertino in a retail box or a computer.

    I wonder how many copies of Vista are actually sold to Joe Blow at Best Buy or CompUSA. Probably way below that 20 million, as many manufacturers (like Dell) immediately switched to Vista with no option of Windows XP on your new laptop/desktop unless you were a business customer. It all smells fishy.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Copies Sold

    Copies sold to vendors does put the money in MS pocket - but it does not translate into consumer adoptions. I would bet that adoption rates / upgrades are running soft of predictions, as Vista news has not been very positive.

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969



    One article I read from an analyst (I think at -- found on said those numbers are fake (my words, not his). There were not 20 million new PCs sold in February (which is what these numbers are from) nor were that many (or the two sources together) responsible for 20million.

    Licenses sold do not = adoption rate. Maybe that many licenses were sold into the channel but the article was very quick to point out that that is not the same as adoption rate.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Numbers

    "...I wonder how many copies of Vista are actually sold to Joe Blow at Best Buy or CompUSA..."

    My guess: not many. The many shelves that were full of Vista copies and graphics at stores like this and Best Buy or Curcuit City are now much fewer in number and still full. This would hardly say there were such astonishing sales out there of people actually wanting the OS over XP.

    It's unsurprising that people who do buy the OS wouldn't bother with the cippled versions. The type of person who would take a risk on vista would at least know enough to not bother what will plague them in the end.

    At least blowhard Ballmer erred on the side of not swallowing the reports whole. Goodness knows he'd probably be called on in come a month after Leopard's release.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it's BS numbering...

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