Microsoft Vista, the operating system replacing Windows XP, has sold over 40 million copies since its release on 30 January, three quarters of which have been premium versions. Vista, Microsoft's first new system in over five years, was developed to make it easy for consumers to set up home computer networks, and to manage digital files such as music, photos and videos.
It is estimated that Windows is used on 90% of the world's PCs, but there had been concerns that take up might be a lot slower.
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said that sales had been quicker than expected. “I'm really thrilled at how this has come together.” He also added that one of the reasons for the strong sales was that many consumers were looking to increase the amount of digital media they used, a central feature of the Vista package.
Pricing and availability
- Vista Home Basic £99.99
- Vista Home Premium £149.99
- Vista Business £189.99
- Vista Ultimate £369.00