Steve Ballmer Is Very Happy With Vista Sales
Windows Vista might have the worse public image since Windows ME, but Microsoft will continue to claim it's a business hit. Steve Ballmer came up with new and very optimistic figures about Vista's sales:
May 27, 2008
The figures might impressive enough, but the reality behind them might not be up to the same standards. It's true, a Vista license might come as part of the pack when buying a enw machine, but that doesn't actually mean that Vista will remains installed on the system.
Some PC makers are known to be selling Windows XP downgrades. Furthermore, consumers and PC maker alike have been pressuring Microsoft to continue to offer Windows XP as an alternative to an OS they don't seem to want.
Last but not least, Microsoft's next OS is supposed to arrive on the market in two years, thus meaning that the upgrade frenzy will have to start all over again. A perspective not so popular with both home and business users, who would rather wait until then and upgrade to what they hope to be a better OS that Vista managed to be.