First, let's look at sales. In calendar year 2006, PC makers sold about 230 million PCs worldwide, and analysts expect PC sales to jump by 8 to 11 percent this year. Assuming Vista is installed on most of those PCs--and it will be--you're going to see some pretty healthy numbers there no matter what. (Microsoft has conservatively estimated a Vista installed base of 100 million by the end of 2007.) But in Microsoft's world, corporate sales are king. And according to the company, corporate sales of Windows Vista--despite all those rumors--are actually running at almost twice the rate of the previous record holder, Windows 2000.
Next, let's look at all those high profile bloggers and their problems with Vista. While one might question the technical acuity of a so-called tech guru who can't handle a brand new operating system, do these high profile Vista critics have issues that translate into widespread, real world problems? As it turns out, they do not.
According to this author Vista is out-pacing previous versions of Windows, and the compatibility issues people are bringing up in the media are not quite as bad as many would make us think.
Msg#: 3335443 posted 9:36 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)
They are probably not comparing like-with-like. There's a lot more computers about these days, and these figures are global - which could hide a multitude of sins.
It'll be much easier to assess progress when you can look at the figures for a specific 'mature market' where there isn't so much easy gain from new computer users.
The USA, for example.
Arguably, the simple fact that they offer global figures (how reliable are they?), when they could offer much more accurate 'local figures', speaks volumes. And all these figures are actually only estimates, and may refer to future contracts as much as actual sales.
It's all smoke and mirrors from a 'friend of microsoft' - I'll wait for the business pages to comment :)
Msg#: 3335443 posted 9:19 am on May 17, 2007 (gmt 0)
For me personally I have had zero issues with compatibility when using Windows Vista. But I know a lot of people who have though.
Is it Microsofts fault or is it the hardware manufacturers that should have written drivers earlier? Obviously one can understand if the hardware companies donīt want to release drivers, after all they make money on people buying new hardware not downloading drivers.