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HP Sill Mostly Sells XP, Says Vista Sales are Inflated.

twitter (104583) writes | more than 6 years ago

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More than a month after the official end of XP, HP's systems sales are still almost all XP instead of Vista but M$ is giving credit to Vista.

HP's revelation, made at the launch of a new range of business notebooks, flies in the face of Microsoft's persistent PR claims that Vista has sold tens of millions of copies and is selling at a faster rate than XP ever did.

More than a month after the official end of XP, HP's systems sales are still almost all XP instead of Vista but M$ is giving credit to Vista.

HP's revelation, made at the launch of a new range of business notebooks, flies in the face of Microsoft's persistent PR claims that Vista has sold tens of millions of copies and is selling at a faster rate than XP ever did.

Jane Bradburn, Market Development Manager, Commercial Notebooks for HP Australia [said] "From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with a XP licence. However, what we have been able to do with Microsoft is ship PCs with a Vista Business licence but with XP pre-loaded. That is still the majority of business computers we are selling today."

So, in other words, Microsoft counts a sale for Vista, even though the computer manufacturer has really sold XP.

Others speculate, the same thing is happening at every vendor that wants to actually sell computers. Too bad more don't offer cheaper GNU/Linux versions.

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If they sold 180M copies.. (1)

symbolset (646467) | more than 6 years ago | (#24543141)

I support many thousands of users. If they've sold 180 million copies [microsoft.com] how come I don't know anybody that's using it today? Doesn't this violate some "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" rule or something? Are all those users in Jakarta, Bangalore or Bali where I don't know anybody? We are roughly 6B people. They claim to have sold one copy for every 33 people on the planet. The math just doesn't add up.

I do know several people who tried it (including me), but none who use it still. Maybe it's like Jenkem [snopes.com] - the exact opposite of habit forming. That doesn't explain how they got 180M people to try Vista but it does explain how those people gave it up.

So they're proud that they've sold 18 Billion dollars worth of product (counting a license at $100, which seems reasonable) without anybody actually wanting or using it. It's like the ultimate boiler room project. People are supposed to accept that as a great thing. Why? Why is it a good thing that they can get you to pay for something you don't want? Why? They're not the government - yet. Your government, though, wherever you are, has bought many of those 180M licenses because government customers are Microsoft's biggest subscription cash cow. Why, oh why must I pay for Vista for my city, county, state and federal government when they're not using it?

A half-billion dollar marketing campaign focused around the idea: Really, people who watched a slideshow of our software product think it doesn't suck as much as the people who've tried it say it does [cnet.com] doesn't seem to be gaining much traction. There may yet be hope for Joe Sixpack. Is there hope for your company and local government? I doubt it.

Microsoft learned long ago that the better solution than convincing their customers to buy the product is convincing the customers to hire their agents. Their agents are in your government right now signing purchase orders for this software you don't want. When they leave their posts they'll return to Redmond the conquering heroes and collect the real pay for their efforts. You don't think a former Microsoft Project Manager wanted to be the IT Executive Director of your city at a 50% cut in pay because he was interested in public service, do you? That would be like being excited about winning a bronze medal in the special olympics.

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