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Vista Fails to Improve on Windows XP's Opening Act

Bill Gates' keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 revealed a rather startling statistic with regards to the sales and acceptance performance of Windows Vista.

Gates told the audience that Windows Vista has sold more than 100 million copies since the operating system's launch in January 2007. When comparing pure numbers against Windows XP, which sold only 89 million copies in its first year, Windows Vista appears to be a hit – but looking at the big picture sheds a different sort of light on the matter.

With the PC market at nearly twice the size today as it was in 2001, InformationWeek surmises that Windows Vista captured around 39 percent of the new PC market in its first year, while Windows XP managed to grab 67 percent of the new PC market during its initial period.

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Narg3488d ago

Vista was an attempt to answer all of the security problems that XP faced over it's years. If you were to take the security issues away, Vista would 100% blow XP out of the water. Especially with it's rock solid 64-bit version.

BrianC62343487d ago

I can't agree with you less. First, Vista was about better security but it was also about a lot more. At least it was promised to be. Slowly though Microsoft dropped one big feature after another. It was finally nothing more than a fancier XP. And with less hardware and software support.

As for the 64-bit version, that was one reason I upgraded to Vista. I wanted to finally have a 64-bit version of Windows. Huge mistake. If you don't mind poor driver support go ahead and install it. I had nothing but problems though. A couple weeks ago I installed a new hard drive and rebuilt my computer. It now dual-boots Windows XP and Linux. Just like it did before upgrading to Vista.

wageslave3488d ago (Edited 3488d ago )

You know what a market that is twice the size means to uptake on a new OS? that it will take *longer* its called inertia. You've got more naive users (the tent is now bigger) and on and on.

Vista is doing *extremely* well. It is the 2nd most used OS on the planet (next to XP) and in about 12 months, XP will be a memory.

I can tell you that my Fortune 10 firm had such success with Vista at the Beta sites that we moved the roll-out forward.

Ive used it and loved it since day one. Anyone who knows that an OS isnt just about a pretty interface knows why Vista is truely the best OS ever written - bar none.

mighty_douche3487d ago

hahahahahahaha...... your comment made me laugh... not because its funny, oh no, because its absolute crap!

Vista is 2nd OS because if you buy a PC now your forced to get Vista with it.

Bonsai12143487d ago

if by best OS you mean still full of security holes, still vulnerable to various viruses and spyware, then by all means, you're correct.

if you want an OS that gives you much less hassle to use correctly with almost no security risk, get linux or an apple.

the vast reason people say windows is great is because they haven't actually sat down and tried to use a mac before. everything that was in vista was available for tiger. apple is one step ahead of the game at all times.

Real Gambler3488d ago

"Vista is truely the best OS ever written - bar none."

Well, it's also the most power hungry OS ever made. And after one year, the most unsuported, driver wise.

I've tried to install it on two years old PC and could not find most drivers for them.

One year old PC? Not all drivers available either. Even the good old trusty Asus P5 series!

Newer motherboards? Sure, but there's not that many business who can afford to replace 100s of PC so Vista can run on them at about the same performance level as their 3 years old actual PCs...

Vista is great, but until drivers are common again, until people replace their old PC, XP is there to stay! After all, Microsoft canned windows 98 only a little while ago for about the same reasons. Not everybody can afford a new pc.

jaja14343487d ago

My 2 year old custom PC did just fine with it before I upgraded this Christmas. It didn't have any driver problems.

The only driver problems I have had were on my laptop when for some reason Vista didn't recognize the hard drive when i tried to install it, which as you might guess made installing the OS a bit difficult. In the end I had to download the drivers to a USB and have that plugged in when I install Vista. Worked like a charm but a hassle it was.

But on the computer I just built, works like a dream.

mighty_douche3487d ago

Vista is [email protected], i have 2 vista machines 1 XP, and while vista looks the part it does little else.

do you guys know that M$ were actually allowing people to "downgrade" from vista back to XP?

The BS Police3487d ago

Alot of Hardware or Software that run flawlessly on XP do not support Vista, thats pretty much the biggest issue I have with it.

When it comes down to hardwareésoftware support, XP trumps Vista.

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