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Vista sales reach 60 million mark

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu July 26, 2007

Vista sales hit 60 million

Microsoft is now saying that it has sold over 60 million licenses for its latest operating system, Windows Vista. Reuters writes that the figure was announced at Microsoft's annual meeting with financial analysts, and is the most recent data available from the company since Vista hit the 40 million mark in May.

The announcement appears to confirm a permanent slowdown in Vista sales, which ran to 20 million in the first month, but were halved for both March and April. This rate remained relatively constant from the beginning of May until the end of June.

During the analysts' meeting, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer indicated that a number of major organizations have renewed multi-year contracts with the company. Further speaking to the future, Ballmer said he believed growth must come not only from expanding the core software business, but by succeeding in newer ventures such as online services and audio hardware.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    horay microsoft!

    you have sunk your green teeth deeper in to corporate america!

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    audio hardware?

    Is he kidding? Zune 2.0 must finally bring on an 'ipod killer'

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Of course, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1/3 of this 60 million total were given away as free upgrades, but who's counting??

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the slow adoption

    Headline should read, "60 million PCs were sold that happened to have Vista on them."

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    to know that there are so may disillusioned people out there.... Let's burn a candle for them.

  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This does NOT mean there are 60 million people using Vista. Only 60 million licenses sold, including the unsold computers sitting in Wal-Mart, etc.

  1. cacruden

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I suspect this number includes a massive number of licenses sold to businesses as part of new hardware - which the business then downgraded to XP.

  1. localnet

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I needed a copy of XP Pro for the new Mac a few weeks ago. Man what a headache trying to find a copy. I found a computer shop that had one copy left. His words, "Since Vista came out, we can't keep XP Pro in stock."

    I wonder what XP Pro sales have been like?

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