This rather (in my opinion) poor piece of journalism from the BBC quoting Gates on Vista sales figures caught my interest, particularly following the news this week regarding Microsoft’s threat to persue patent royalties from open source initiatives such as Linux and OpenOffice.org. (Link via Bub Sutor).
Mr Gates said sales had been quicker than Microsoft expected, and made Vista the firm’s quickest selling software.
What!? Does anyone believe this stuff? What upset me about the article from the beeb was the lack of comment or verification of Gates’ statement. There is plenty on this out there, so you can do your own searches on google, but with Vista sales being reported as slow, Dell offering linux and bringing back Windows XP, how can it be Microsoft’s quickest selling software?
Oh, and to say sales were quicker than they had expected, that just makes me wonder just how low their expectations really were! 😉
Just where are MS going? They are appearing increasingly deperate and looking to create confusion. Smells like fear to me.
My take on all this, forget Vista and move to Ubuntu. 😀
Short answer: Nowhere.
Where I work we are a little over 120K and I am yet to see a running copy of Vista.
It’s the same old thing. M$ launches a crappy, half baked OS and then find themselves in the middle of nowhere and it’s time to start bashing the competition until they go away, sell out or just die. The thing is nowadays it seems harder to do it and the strategy is starting to backfire.
Vitor, I agree it is getting harder to do.
Linux is now a real option on the desktop in my opinion, and any CIO worth his pay-check should be evaluating and having to justify the cash for MS licenses.
Simon, drop the ‘c’. 😉
Vitor, apologies and corrected!