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Windows Vista finds way to the desktop
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 09 February 2007 09:06

From PC Magazine: 

Vista Makes PC Sales Pop

According to data released by market research group Current Analysis, sales of Windows Vista-equipped PCs helped jumpstart the market by 67 percent compared with the same week in 2005.

Unit sales increased 173 percent over the week ending January 20, the week before Microsoft launched its Vista operating system.

In a statement released Thursday night, Microsoft said it was pleased with its numbers. "Microsoft is pleased with the initial response to Windows Vista," the company said. "We're excited about the benefits Windows Vista will bring to our customers and to our partners in retail, in the OEM community and in the industry at large."

To date, sales of PC desktops have lagged, and 2007 was no exception; unit sales and revenue showed a steadily increasing year-over-year decline in each successive week leading up to Vista's launch, Current Analysis found.

While PC makers launched a number of new PCs in conjunction with Vista, the operating system was generally available as a free upgrade to those consumers who purchased a new PC in the last few months of 2006.

In general, consumers preferred Windows Home Premium when buying a new notebook or desktop; Premium sales accounted for 59 percent of the desktops and 76 percent of the notebooks, the firm found....more

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