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Vista having little effect on PC sales?

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Thu May 24, 2007

Little Vista Effect on PCs

The launch of Windows Vista hasn't created a significant increase in PC sales, according to a new report by In-Stat. The new Microsoft OS is said to have primarily shifted customers' purchases rather than accelerating them, as the reported sales spike was chiefly the result of a backlog of delayed purchases while experienced users waited to receive a preinstalled copy. Few customers actively sought out a Vista PC outside of their normal upgrade patterns. This was attributed in part to the lackluster appeal of the software itself, which hasn't been seen by many as a significant improvement over Windows XP.

"As a motivating factor to go buy a PC, Vista is not enough," said In-Stat analyst Ian Lao. "[But] it's not the scenario like [the rivalry between] Coke and Coke Classic. There isn't a big revolt going on."

The report calls into question Microsoft's claims of success for its sales figures, which reached 40 million in the first 100 days after Vista's appearance. The adoption rate is significantly higher than for the 2001 debut of XP but may be roughly in line with the growth of the PC business itself, suggesting that users are being forced to upgrade through new systems rather than as a conscious choice.

Similar statements from NPD Techworld also downplayed the significance of Vista. Analyst Stephen Baker from the group argues that the Microsoft interpretation requires a leap of faith to accept that software is more important than hardware. "It would require you to believe that on the consumer side, people actually buy their PC based on what operating system is inside," he says. "And I really don't believe that is the case,"

The situation may improve towards the end of the year, when PC builders will have had more time to design Vista-specific systems such as the SideShow-equipped ASUS W5fe and HP's all-in-one TouchSmart desktop. [via]

by MacNN Staff




  1. McDave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hang on!

    If almost all new PCs are shipping with Vista (no choice) & global, annual PC sales are 200m units, by default thats 54m in 100 days. MS only shifted 40m - what a kick in the teeth!


  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And the...

    And the giant looses its footing..

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And then....

    And then you realize the iPhone is worth the price after all! Can't wait to get mine!

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: and then

    Why? Because PC sales with Vista is lackluster? Exactly how does that prove the worth of an iPhone?

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