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Vista sales rate cut in half

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Tue May 15, 2007

Vista Sales Halved

Microsoft today revealed that it had sold 40 million copies of Windows Vista in the 100 days since its late-January debut. Company founder Bill Gates made the statement at the opening of Microsoft's WinHEC conference, and noted that many of the copies sold were versions above and beyond the standard version; 78 percent of copies were for Home Premium or higher, he said. The figure was cited as proof of an increasing shift to digital media in most computer users' lives.

While significant, the sales point to a rapid slowdown in adoption of the new operating system. Microsoft had observed that it sold 20 million copies in the first month, which doubled XP's achievement but now indicates that the average number of copies sold has been cut in half during March and April. The firm has so far declined to compare its most recent figures with the relative size of the market today or to any decline that may have occurred during XP's 2001 release.

Although heavily anticipated, Vista has been plagued by sporadic issues with missing drivers or incompatible software that have caused hesitation in some buyers.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    'nuff said

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Still can't believe

    how many idiots still buy that garbage even with all the news of how horrible it is.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reason number...

    Reason number 53428716 i own a mac: windows sucks.

  1. magicbumone

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The only reason why they sold that many is because Vista was install onto every PC sold after released. I would like to see the number of copies sold without a computer.

  1. Gee4orce

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dodgy numbers

    I suspect that most of these number are made up of channel stuffing and/or OEM copies (ie. installed on new PCs).

    I wonder how many PCs were sold in the same period with XP installed ?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Folks, don't diss Vista!! I love it so much, I bought NINETEEN copies!

    Wait a minute - sorry, that's the booze talking.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    things like.....

    HP listening to customers after their announcement saying they'd abandon new systems with XP installed_ And then reversing their decision to re-instate a policy to continue selling PCs w/ XP pre-installed_

    I'm sure that is considered in these numbers and had nothing to do with the decline of Vista sales_

    OR How about - maybe lack of 3rd party compatibility [no stable drivers]

    And not to mention Apps breaking in Vista_

    Nah - couldn't have anything to do with it - 'cause Vista is filled with such creamy goodness_

    OR [yet another idea] -- Steve Ballmer has been "technically" running things since the development crew began Longhorn [aka - Vista -- which by the way was a better name than Vista] - and he's such a smart guy and Billy let him play "boss" - so Ballmer can't possibly have anything to do with it_ Moron_

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    again ?

    why and how is this Macintosh / Apple related news ?

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