Happy first birthday Windows Vista!

365 days and 100 million licenses later, enthusiasm for a safe, reliable and engaging Windows Vista experience is high.

Since the worldwide release of Windows Vista one year ago today, people are doing more and getting more out of their Windows experience. From pictures and videos, to games and family safety settings, users are finding out that they can do more with Windows Vista.

We commissioned independent studies from IPSos and NPD to explore the attitudes of users about the operating system not only in the U.S., but also in China, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK. According to NDP, 70 percent of these users say it's an improvement over their previous operating system.

Windows Vista is the first operating system to build in parental controls. And they sure have changed things in the Charney household. For my ten-year-old, Ruby, they've helped make sure that her browsing habits are safe. Parental controls have also removed the argument about when she has to stop using the PC because after a certain hour, she simply can't log on. She participated in that discussion and agreed to the rules, and now we don't have to have that debate every night.

We've worked diligently with industry partners to increase the number of Windows Vista-compatible applications and devices, while also building support for them. While we were happy with what we launched with, we also built the system to update seamlessly with the new technology that has been and will be added every day.
Today, Windows Vista supports over 43,000 hardware products, almost doubling the 23,000 thousand at launch.

We pay a lot of attention to and continually work not only on the performance of Windows Vista but also on people's experience of performance. We get data from people who file bugs - Microsoft tech support, our OEM partners - and we pay attention to press, bloggers and enthusiasts' web sites.

Microsoft has invested heavily in security improvements for products for about six years now, and we're seeing the results of that commitment in Windows Vista. I think it's fair to say that Windows Vista is proving to be the most secure version of Windows to date.
There are many areas of progress, but I'd like to point to three: the ability to run as a standard user, a set of Internet Explorer capabilities that help protect us from outside threats - the Phishing Filter and improved authentication of secure transactions with Extended Validation SSL - and the efforts of Windows Defender to clean spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Windows Vista is the first operating system we've built with gamers and gaming in mind. Hardcore gamers have responded with more than ten million of them around the world already running Windows Vista
For these gamers, we created a whole new graphics technology and engine in Windows Vista—DirectX 10. A new generation of games is being developed to take advantage of the capabilities of the DirectX 10 compatible graphics cards and Windows Vista, and it's exciting to see what kind of great experiences this is creating for gamers.

We look forward to providing more exciting experiences for Windows Vista users in the coming year.

News source: Microsoft.com

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Finally got round to completing our Vista roll out just before Christmas. I ended up doing a trial on two commerical laptops in November 2006 when it first got released. The support calls from those users went down to 0 compared to 17 the month before and on average 22 from their collegues in the same month.

After getting positive feedback, we now have all 300 machines running Vista Enterprise - and the end-user response has been really positive. True, no machine is older than three years, and all have 1Gb RAM. But that's not BECAUSE of Vista, it's because we have modern, best practice lead hardware cycles. Three years then cycle starts again.

Runs brilliantly for us. After doing a XP test system on the same hardware earlier today, I can't possibly go back to XP. With Vista I insert the disc, tell it my language and the partition and 20 minutes later we have a new blanket system. Compared to XP which needs 4 extra drivers, takes longer to install and misses out on the extra security and new features.

Yet Vista costs less than XP.

To answers peoples question on how many people are actually RUNNING Vista, it's around the 7% - 11% mark from web site agent string data - depending on the source.
Which, to put it into context is more than any other OS apart from XP. And to put that into context, XP had 38% of the market share 2 years after launch. As Vista SP1 is out shortly, combined within another year of sales including another Christmas I'd say there's a good chance that come Jan 31st 2009 about 30% - 40% will be on Vista.

I have Vista on four PCs (three desktop and one laptop) now and am generally pleased with the performance; still some bugs they could iron out however, like the 'Local Access only' bug that occured on 2 of those 4 OOB...

Jim

100 million licenses * lets say $100 = $10000000000... Thats a lot of zeroes... And I dont think m$ has sold that in their whole history.

Did you see their revenue and profits for the last quarter?? $16.4 Billion (that's $16400000000, up 30% from last year) with a net profit of $6.5 Billion. That's just one quarter...

(seb5150 said @ #11.1)
Did you see their revenue and profits for the last quarter?? $16.4 Billion (that's $16400000000, up 30% from last year) with a net profit of $6.5 Billion. That's just one quarter...
gg no re

umm 100 million is nothign when you think outside america, hell even inside america 100 million is nothign, but if your referign to MS not making 1 billion umm they prob make that a week...

Depending on Windows Vista since the RTM was released, stable and reliable. Windows is really getting better from version to another. Happy birthday, Vista.

Happy birthday, Vista! Hoping that this year, you'll be more "mature" than before. You still have a long road ahead of you but wishing all the best

(vipwoody said @ #7)
Windows Vista is a very good Operating System, people should stop complaining.

In some what...maybe...as long as your system is brand new and top spec....

(El Sid said @ #7.3)

$399, free upgrade to 2GB of RAM, Athlon 64 Process, will run Vista just fine, and I was only looking for 4 minutes, what's your excuse?

It will RUN vista but not to the performance I need, I need a gaming machine and that one won't cut it.
Right now I can play crysis and Call of duty 4 with no problem, ok I have to run them under low setting but they are still enjoyable. When I put vista on my PC game performance is heavily decreased.....

It will RUN vista but not to the performance I need, I need a gaming machine and that one won't cut it.
Right now I can play crysis and Call of duty 4 with no problem, ok I have to run them under low setting but they are still enjoyable. When I put vista on my PC game performance is heavily decreased.....

I have a pretty decent gaming rig running Windows Vista and the performance is great. If your computer is that bad you have to run COD4 and Crysis on low settings I don't think you should be considering Vista before you upgrade.

(ziadoz said @ #7.5)

I have a pretty decent gaming rig running Windows Vista and the performance is great. If your computer is that bad you have to run COD4 and Crysis on low settings I don't think you should be considering Vista before you upgrade.

Precisely my point, I can't afford to upgrade :P (poor little me) so I don't want Vista :P

Anyway my main point was Microsoft saying they have sold 100mil licenses, but I have read and heard of people wiping Hard-drives and installing XP or Linux. So Microsoft see Vista as a success, but how many people out of those 100mil actually use it? Is it really a success?

I know Vista works for some people, personally for me its too much resource hungry.

I have to use Vista at work for development and testing. I find it...clunky and not as smooth as XP and this is on some top spec PC's (dual core, 2Gb ram, 8800's) One particular PC, Vista wont wake from sleep and I have to reboot.


[/quote] It will RUN vista but not to the performance I need, I need a gaming machine and that one won't cut it.
Right now I can play crysis and Call of duty 4 with no problem, ok I have to run them under low setting but they are still enjoyable. When I put vista on my PC game performance is heavily decreased.....[/quote]


Abit NF2 Single Core AMD 2500+ Mobile Barton o/c @ 2400 mhz, 2GB ram, and a 1950
vid card. Runs Vista excellent, Crysis COD4 and Bioshock all @ medium settings at high res all good. So don't know what to tell ya.


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(vipwoody said @ #7)
Windows Vista is a very good Operating System, people should stop complaining.

That's what they said about George W. Bush in 2004. Look at him today. We need to make sure Vista doesn't try to invade a middle-eastern country or steal our taxes!

"According to NDP, 70 percent of these users say it's an improvement over their previous operating system."

By any chance was their "previous operation system" Windows ME?

im about to kill one of the last ME systems in existence ironically I've got a copy of xp legacy edition waiting to go on my ants mistake edition computer because it crashes to much.

(Mav Phoenix said @ #6.1)
If they were running ME all the way till now, then maybe it wasn't as bad as it was played out to be afterall...

umm no it really did suck but i can tell you there are poeple out there still using it, infact i got an email from a user just last week asking about ME compatibbility... and did i mention yeah it really did SUCK

At first I thought it was an ad.

Then I saw the source and realized it was indeed just advertisement after all

Vista has worked great on every computer I've come in contact with (Gaming included), so I agree. I am pleased with Vista and enjoy daily many of the features that I immediately miss on XP machines when I have to use them at work.

Can't take the truth bluarash ?

I'm doing 2 or 3 downgrade to XP every week. There is an awful lots of PC out there with 2 license on them. And Vista is the unuse one. I know why MS love selling Vista.