Vista Sales Near 40 Million, Gates Says at WinHEC

Microsoft Corporation Chairman Bill Gates announced the software giant has sold nearly 40 million Windows Vista licenses in the first 100 days since commercial availability on January 30, making Microsoft's latest release the fastest-selling operating system in history. Gates noted that Home Premium editions accounted for 78% of Vista sales. Gates also confirmed rumours that Microsoft's next-generation Windows Server software (codename Longhorn Server) would be named Windows Server 2008. Microsoft, which controlled an estimated two-thirds of the global server software maker in 2006, has said the product is on track for a debut in the second half of 2007. The company also said three new hardware manufacturers (Gateway Incorporated, Lacie and Medion) plan to build products for Windows Home Server.

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Vista sold forcibly (bundled with OEM PC's) maybe.. I dont know how many of those actually bought the OS by itself lol. I respect Dell for continuing to offer both Win XP and Vista


Windows _____?
Fast
Less Resource
More compatible
Cheap
Ugly.
Security depend in users.


Windows _____?
Slow
Resource hog
Least compatible.
Expensive
Nice eyecandies.
Security depend in users but windows ask for every "dangerous" task.

______?
Can be fast or average.
Can be from less resource to average.
Not compatible nativelly.
Free.
Ugly can be "patched" for a less ugly (but slow) interface.
Security depend in a correct configuration.


______?
Average.
resource hog.
Not compatible.
Expensive.
Pretty.
Security depend much in the factory default also in a correct configuration.

I think MS counts on how many Vista "genuine" computers update over their servers... and this would include bios hacked "genuine" vista too :D

//sarcasm
Yeah there are probably over 300 copies now sold in china
//sarcasm

"Microsoft, which controlled an estimated two-thirds of the global server software maker in 2006"

Is this numbers for real? I couldn't imagine. I had Windows server once and after several days someone hacked and formated it...

That says more about you than Microsoft to be honest. Its quite possible to secure a Windows server if you know what your doing. But its easier to not be bothered and pretend its Microsoft's fault.

Yes, what the hell difference does it make how many were bought over the counter? Vistas sold is Vistas sold. Microsoft gets paid for those licenses no matter what, whether its by end users or by OEMs.

phantasmorph said,
All those PCs sold last winter for the holidays, with the free Vista upgrade coupon, all the copies that came bundled with sales of new PCs, they are adding all those numbers in to boost stats. Not to mention that during the timeframe that Microsoft are stating, the number of Vista copies sold is only about HALF of the number of PC sales for that time.

All things considered, Vista is having a much worse launch than XP did.

No, you're slanting the data. I'm sure there were XP promotions when it came out too that they counted in those sales and such like that. They are comparing launches that had nearly the same conditions and Vista's lauch has come out better than the rest. You're trying to make something of nothing.

The easiest way to put it is like this:

Copies that were sold in pre-launch promotions: happened in Vista, not sure but probably happened with XP
Copies bundles with PCs, happened with both Vista and XP
Copies sent to MS and other misc employees and such: happened with Vista and XP
etc, etc.

The comparison for sales for the launches are identical and vista come out on top no matter which way you try and slant gates' data.

-Spenser

stifler6478 said,

No, you're slanting the data. I'm sure there were XP promotions when it came out too that they counted in those sales and such like that. They are comparing launches that had nearly the same conditions and Vista's lauch has come out better than the rest. You're trying to make something of nothing.

The easiest way to put it is like this:

Copies that were sold in pre-launch promotions: happened in Vista, not sure but probably happened with XP
Copies bundles with PCs, happened with both Vista and XP
Copies sent to MS and other misc employees and such: happened with Vista and XP
etc, etc.

The comparison for sales for the launches are identical and vista come out on top no matter which way you try and slant gates' data.

-Spenser


I'm pretty sure your also counting the number of ppl who wiped off vista from their brand new desktop/laptop and installed their old copy of WinXP ... right? ofcourse you are ... in case youre missing my point... did all these 40 million buyers actually "wanted" to buy Vista or "had" to buy vista

tareqsiraj said,
Chill dude... you should apply for Vista Marketing Dept. ... youre right ... everybody who thinks about the actual numbers is probably an idiot ... and youre sitting on top of every1.

PS: I'm pretty sure your also counting the number of ppl who wiped off vista from their brand new desktop/laptop and installed their old copy of WinXP ... right? ofcourse you are ... in case youre missing my point... did all these 40 million buyers actually "wanted" to buy Vista or "had" to buy vista (yes I know later on some ppl got refunds ... and you'll probably call them "idiots" because of that).

If you honestly think that most people who ended up with Vista have deleted it, you're bogus, but in such a case, C++'s comment comes into play in that Microsoft still got the money for it so it makes no difference anyhow.

-Spenser

stifler6478 said,

If you honestly think that most people who ended up with Vista have deleted it, you're bogus, but in such a case, C++'s comment comes into play in that Microsoft still got the money for it so it makes no difference anyhow.

-Spenser

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C++ said,
Yes, what the hell difference does it make how many were bought over the counter? Vistas sold is Vistas sold. Microsoft gets paid for those licenses no matter what, whether its by end users or by OEMs.

it would be more impressive if 40 million actually went out and bought it for themselves rather than getting it on a new machine, that says more.

Well considering there have been approximately 60 million PCs sold in 2007 so far, 40 million in Windows Vista licenses isn't that surprising of a number. What is surprising is that 1/3 of PCs buyers are not opting for Vista. But who's to blame them.

http://www.itfacts.biz/index.php?id=P8376

[edit] I'm also assuming that every Windows Vista license came with a new PC. I know this isn't the case, which makes Microsoft's numbers even worse.

*and* they are including the 4 months of Free Vista Upgrades given away with PC sales prior to the Vista launch into their official sales figures...which includes all those PCs sold over the holiday season.

If anything, there should be a hoop MORE copies of Vista being "sold"...

I think what he meant is that 40 million licenses have been distributed. Alot of universities and companies distribute it for free and I'm pretty sure those are included in those figures.

To be honest, I am ready for Microsoft to die. For too long [the consumers] have suffered under sh*tty Microsoft software and hardware (from Windows to the 360 [major heating and quality problems]). I won't be buying any version of Windows over Windows XP. Linux please.

The day when all businesses magically flock from MS to *nix solutions overnight is the day someone starts offering T3 internet access in Antarctica.

MS will eventually lose their market position and something else will take over, say 15 years from now. Or more. Until then, they serve businesses just fine.

Who cares what you say,Vista is the fastest selling OS in the world,even if its not prebuilt in any manufactures pc (hands down),and specially i fell its a snappy,reliable,and more secure software.So vista all the way for me

As for the lifetime span of Microsoft,it will take much more than 15 years to dissapear,i think ull be dead when that happens

Stick with linux,let the happy people stick with windows.

yeap, get out of your pirate cave!

back in the topic; that's good news, I think Vista will become mainstream faster than XP.

Lol pirate cave.

Truth be told, I agree. Vista will become mainstream faster than XP. Part of that has to due that XP at the time was a very MINOR upgrade over Windows 2000 (NT 5.0 to NT 5.1). Vista is a monumental upgrade that IMO is not quite ready for mainstream just yet, but in about 5-6 months, I believe it'll be on nearly as many home computers as XP.

Just as a comparison I'd like to know the amount of pirated installs as well, might make a good comparison, along with opinions of both sides etc, I know that most of my friends, fellow students and co-workers think that it's far too expensive this side of the shore (UK) and not as supported yet I know at least 2 have had a pirated XP Pro running before buying a new OEM PC.

Just wondering how many legal and illegal users of Vista there are altogether really in a 1-on-1 comparison :P

LiGhTfast said,
From what i've seen most pirates are sticking to XP, they wont even pirate vista since its such a pain in the ass

*cough*PARADOX*cough*

vista aint a pain in the ass to crack, microsoft think they are beating people with new activation methods but as MS research someone is finding ways to get past those barriers

LiGhTfast said,
From what i've seen most pirates are sticking to XP, they wont even pirate vista since its such a pain in the ass

It is? Actually its rather trivial to circumvent the Vista activation methods. Most pirates are sticking with XP because the common consensus is that Vista sucks and isn't even worth stealing.

MajinDark said,
Why should he get flamed for that? A good number of people think Vista is a great OS. Personally, I think some more work needs to be done on it, but it's not like it's "Windows ME II" like some ignorant folks were saying.

It's been more anti-Vista than usual in light of this new flamefest of words and legal action between Microsoft and the Linux community.