Steve Ballmer is in no way disappointed with Windows Vista. It is selling “incredibly well”, he told a press conference in Herzeliya, Israel today.
“Vista sells on almost 100 per cent of all the new consumer PCs around the world,” the Microsoft CEO proclaimed. He added that the operating system was also selling on, “45 percent of all of new business PCs”. Which is enlightening, since business users are about the ony buyers of new PCs that get a choice.
—Sylvie Barak, Vista selling really well, says Ballmer, PC Authority (AU)
Urm, that “almost 100 per cent” is because it’s so difficult for a consumer to not get Vista with a new PC. Just how meaningful (in regard to your product’s quality or desirability) are the sales figures when your product is bundled with another product with coercive deals that discourage any alternatives being offered? Sometimes it’s cheaper to just buy the PC and throw away the OS — yea, another “sale” for MS.
It looks like 55% of businesses do not want Vista on their PCs — and I wonder how many of the businesses (particularly small businesses) that do get Vista do so just because it’s the default install?
Commenter geller damns Vista with faint praise: “I’ve been using Vista on my new fairly cheap notebook (1GB) for three months now. At first I was worried, as I too thought it would run terribly. What I did was completely opimise EVERYTHING in the OS. Turned off Aero, all non essential services, and ran vLite to strip it back. It runs quite well now – not great wih multiple apps, but for basic stuff it’s responsive.”. I’m thinking “What’s the point?”.
I don’t use Vista personally, but I’ve suffered enough vicarious frustration via phone calls and drop-ins from friends who want help with it. Arrrrgh.