Microsoft Vista Sales Slip

Barron’s Eric Savitz (Tech Trader Daily) notes that Windows’ Vista isn’t exactly lighting it up over at Amazon’s Software best seller list. Quoting Fred Hickey, Savitz observes:

The real point here is that the slow uptake for Vista has ripples for
the entire PC supply chain. “Tech bulls expected Microsoft’s new
operating system, Vista, to be a big demand driver in 2007,”
writes in his newsletter. “The PC industry built up inventory in
anticipation of a major upgrade cycle. However, we now know that
Vista’s intial reception, from both business and consumer customers,
was far chiller than almost anyone imagined…Instead of a Vista pickup,
it looks we’ve entered a Vista stall.”

We’ve made the same point several times over the past few months, twice last month alone.

And Vista? At the moment, its #37 on the Amazon Software Best Sellers — behind such huge sellers such as Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech Recognition (14), Microsoft Streets and Trips 2007 (22), and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Deluxe (31).

What really must burn Ballmer & Co. is that Vista at #37 is one place behind #36 — Apple’s latest OS upgrade (Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.6.) considering that Apple’s installed base is less than 4% of Microsoft’s. . .


Windows Vista: Not Exactly Selling Like Hotcakes At
Eric Savitz
Barron’s blog  February 27, 2007, 4:28 pm

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