Microsoft Looks to Holidays to Lift Vista's Prospects

Microsoft and some of its partners are hoping that Vista will be the gift that fills their holiday stocking this year. This is the first year that notebooks and desktop computers loaded with Vista software were available for the recent lucrative back-to-school season, as well as for the upcoming holiday season.

As Windows Vista was only widely released at the end of January 2007, Microsoft and its partners essentially missed both of these peak retail periods in 2006, although retailers did offer customers who bought machines upgrade coupons to Vista once it was available. "I expect sales of notebooks and desktops loaded with Windows Vista to eclipse the sales we did last holiday season of machines with Windows XP," Wendy Fritz, a vice president at Best Buy, in Richfield, Minn., told eWEEK at a Microsoft-sponsored dinner Oct. 23 to discuss the first holiday season with Windows Vista broadly available.

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Meh, I'll be getting Vista just for testing purposes so I'll know sort of what the hell I'm doing when fixing other people's computers. It's only $17 anyway~

Heres my prediction of Vista in the future.

First, you gotta remember the majority of people buying computers these holidays from retail stores are morons un-informed. They don't know or care what an OS is. They only want to buy some "good and fast" computer and due to the fact they have no idea what an OS is they are NOT going to go into a BestBuy asking where the XP computers are. They are going to buy whatever crap they find first. (Probably an Emachines). Since all computers basically come with Vista preloaded, they are going to get Vista.

Vista will sell over the holidays, NOT because people want it specifically, its because people can't tell the difference and don't care about the differences between Vista and XP.

Chrono951 said,
Heres my prediction of Vista in the future.

First, you gotta remember the majority of people buying computers these holidays from retail stores are morons un-informed. They don't know or care what an OS is. They only want to buy some "good and fast" computer and due to the fact they have no idea what an OS is they are NOT going to go into a BestBuy asking where the XP computers are. They are going to buy whatever crap they find first. (Probably an Emachines). Since all computers basically come with Vista preloaded, they are going to get Vista.

Vista will sell over the holidays, NOT because people want it specifically, its because people can't tell the difference and don't care about the differences between Vista and XP.

Someboy has a Point and a Good if I may say.

I think the results on the front page about say it all. Only about 50% of the people even using it, more or less:

Member Poll
I will be updating to:
WinXP SP3 546
Vista SP1 583
I use Win 9x 4
Mac OSX 10.5 154
I use Linux 65


It'll sell, but mainly because of the holidays, period. I forsee no major spree though!

Well, they can wish in one hand, crap in the other, and see what fills up first. Seriously though, it's rather sad that there aren't many reasons for mainstream and business users to upgrade and many reason for them not to at this point. This is what the kids in Redmond need to address... not marketing strategies. You'd think they would have learned their lesson with Bob and Me.

At the same time in XP's release history the entire market was running to buy it... but with Vista it's seems to be only the non computer user and the uninformed.

Surely this speaks volumes of the actual opinion the majority of the market has for Vista, I know when XP is finally discontinued, Ubuntu will be my OS of choice.

The ONLY good thing about Vista is the fact that has done more for the uptake of alternative OS's than ANYTHING that Apple or Linux could have done for themselves.

Also notice in the article, the unfounded sense of optimism and hope, LOL.

I fully intend to support manufacturer that do not bundle their hardware with Vista.

The ONLY good thing about Vista

Yeah, that vastly improved level of security and stability simply not possible in XP because of limitations in how the operating system works.....Screw that, it's not a 'good thing'.

Oh wait.

XP broke compatibility with lots applications and had massive driver short comings when it was first released (as compared to Win 9x). It was also slower than the 9x series, although more reliable.

Here are some facts for everyone.
Fact: Vista has more out of the box support for hardware than any previous release of Windows.
Fact: Vista has extended driver support through Windows Update to include more drivers than any other Windows release.
Fact: The vast majority of applications that did have problems on Vista's release (a relatively small percentage of all Windows software) has been updated since.

I know that one day, when Vista is the dominant OS, this endless and senseless bashing of Vista will stop. Everyone will praise it for being so stable, and speedy (it is all these things now), and will start bashing the next Microsoft OS.

And now on to commenting about the article.

No doubt PC sales will be better than last year. PC sales (in general) increase year-on-year, irrespective of OS releases. The majority of consumers don't even know what an Operating System is, or that it comes in different variety's. Furthermore, manufacturers are now releasing quality Vista based PC's with good driver support, so consumers who do know about OS's will feel re-assured in their purchasing decision.

MioTheGreat said,
Yeah, that vastly improved level of security and stability simply not possible in XP because of limitations in how the operating system works.....Screw that, it's not a 'good thing'.

Oh wait.

Yeah another person who hasn't been paying attention to all of the reports that say to the contrary of your assertions.

kl33per said,
XP broke compatibility with lots applications and had massive driver short comings when it was first released (as compared to Win 9x). It was also slower than the 9x series, although more reliable.

Here are some facts for everyone.
Fact: Vista has more out of the box support for hardware than any previous release of Windows.
Fact: Vista has extended driver support through Windows Update to include more drivers than any other Windows release.
Fact: The vast majority of applications that did have problems on Vista's release (a relatively small percentage of all Windows software) has been updated since.

I know that one day, when Vista is the dominant OS, this endless and senseless bashing of Vista will stop. Everyone will praise it for being so stable, and speedy (it is all these things now), and will start bashing the next Microsoft OS.

And now on to commenting about the article.

No doubt PC sales will be better than last year. PC sales (in general) increase year-on-year, irrespective of OS releases. The majority of consumers don't even know what an Operating System is, or that it comes in different variety's. Furthermore, manufacturers are now releasing quality Vista based PC's with good driver support, so consumers who do know about OS's will feel re-assured in their purchasing decision.

Yeah, and the Moon is made of green cheese as well.