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Microsoft: 60 Million Copies of Vista Sold

According to Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, Windows Vista has outsold Apple's entire installed base in the six months that Vista has been available.

In half a year, Windows Vista has outsold Apple's entire installed base. That's according to Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, who announced the figures at Microsoft's financial analyst meetings yesterday.

Turner said Vista has sold 60 million copies since the consumer launch last January. That's a big jump from its last announced sales figure of 40 million copies, which Microsoft touted at its WinHEC conference in May.

Turner's proclamation may have been at least in part a response to media reports of slow Vista uptake and less-than-glowing reviews of the product, especially compared with continued strong Windows XP sales. But a number of market research companies, including Gartner and In-Stat, claim that there's no great clamor for Vista, and that it hasn't been the huge success Microsoft claims it has.

It's also true that although Microsoft may have sold 60 million copies of Vista, it doesn't mean that Vista is in use by 60 million customers. Those figures include sales to OEMs that pre-install Vista on new computers, and also include upgrade copies of Vista for computers that shipped late last year with XP loaded, before Vista was released.

Still, it is a significant sales figure. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, when he announced the 40 million Vista figure at WinHEC, stated that it was "the fastest-selling operating system in history," and had sold twice as many copies as XP in the same time period.

Vista adoption is also being helped by its increasing application compatibility, Turner said. "On the application front, over 2,000 applications have earned the Works with Windows Vista or the Certified for Windows Vista logo. That's up from 650 at launch. And so big, big improvements are getting made in this space every single day," he said.

Compatibility in the device category is similarly moving ahead. "Over 2.1 million devices are now supported -- that's up from 1.5 million ... at launch time, covering nearly all known hardware in the Windows ecosystem today. So over 98 percent of the devices are covered today. More than 11,000 logoed hardware and devices are now available," Turner said.

He also compared device compatibility with XP. "This is something we've worked very hard on out of the gate. And we came out, both from a compatibility standpoint around applications and devices, in far better shape when we launched than we were with XP."

On the other hand, XP has been around for five years, and with the release of Service Pack 2 in 2004, gained a reputation for stability and security that continues. That may be why Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell last week said Microsoft changed its predicted revenue split between the two products, revising Vista's percentage of desktop OS sales downward from 85 percent to 78 percent, and XP's in the opposite direction, from 15 percent to 22 percent.

That may be why, although Vista's sales figures appear to be very strong, there could well be some uneasiness lurking underneath those gaudy numbers for Microsoft.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Tue, Jul 31, 2007 Anonymous Midwest US

Big deal. You can't buy a new computer for home use from HP without Vista. My senior parents, accustomed to XP, are struggling with Vista; they want XP back. Device compatibility? Ha! HP told me to pound salt when I asked for a Vista driver for a 3 year old HP scanner. They said buy a new scanner. I'm not impressed.

Sun, Jul 29, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

Vista sales are absolutely abysmal. The 60 million copies of Vista represent less than half the number of new PCs sold in the same time period. It doesn't really hurt Microsofts bottom line, as they make money whether someone buys Vista of XP, but they are certainly not happy with current Vista sales. They had expected to be over 100 million by now.

Sun, Jul 29, 2007 Anonymous Anonymous

"Turner's proclamation may have been at least in part a response to media reports of slow Vista uptake and less-than-glowing reviews of the product, especially compared with continued strong Windows XP sales."

LOL, some people are really amusing: they are not able to admit Vista is selling strong knowing Microsoft has shipped 60 million copies in 6 months (more than ever), but are able to say with no problems that XP is selling well based on... nothing.


"But a number of market research companies, including Gartner and In-Stat, claim that there's no great clamor for Vista, and that it hasn't been the huge success Microsoft claims it has."

A number of market research companies, including Netcraft, actually prove (don't just claim) the opposite; but, again, we don't believe numbers but believe in... (vague) claims.


"It's also true that although Microsoft may have sold 60 million copies of Vista, it doesn't mean that Vista is in use by 60 million customers."

Interesting: 2 days ago I was reading a CNET article from Tom Krazit where we praised Apple for the fact that Apple's Mac shipments were higher than the overall market shipments in the first half of this year; I guess these statistics only are viable when they conclude something negative for Microsoft and positive for Apple.


"Those figures include sales to OEMs that pre-install Vista on new computers, and also include upgrade copies of Vista for computers that shipped late last year with XP loaded, before Vista was released."

Yeah, which is stupid, because we all know when a store doesn't sell a specific product they ask for more and more of it to run out of money and space.


"On the other hand, XP has been around for five years, and with the release of Service Pack 2 in 2004, gained a reputation for stability and security that continues."

Nope, wrong: XP only gained a reputation for stability and security on the day Vista was released to the general public (curious, isn't it?).


"That may be why Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell last week said Microsoft changed its predicted revenue split between the two products, revising Vista's percentage of desktop OS sales downward from 85 percent to 78 percent, and XP's in the opposite direction, from 15 percent to 22 percent."

Which I suppose are bad numbers, is it?


"That may be why, although Vista's sales figures appear to be very strong, there could well be some uneasiness lurking underneath those gaudy numbers for Microsoft."

Bias may be why, although Vista's sales figures are very strong, media seems to be never convinced with facts and figures that show Vista selling well and always tries to skew them to create the illusion of some uneasiness lurking underneath these scientific numbers from Microsoft.

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