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Vista sales reach 40 million copies

Microsoft have sold almost 40 million copies of Vista, the replacement operating system for Windows XP, with three quarters of its sales being the premium versions.

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Press Release: Vista sales reach 40 million copies

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
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JJGEE 17 8.0k 18 England
More salient perhaps would be the sales as a percentage of pre-Vista copies of Windows OS sold.
BOB S 20 2.6k
Not difficult to see why Mr Gates is the richest man in the world is it !

BOB
GaZn 16 176 Wales
Would be interesting to know the increase in sales of RAM!
I would be interested to know how many of these 40 million copies were bundled with a PC, and how many of these were still being used after a week. It is one thing reporting how many copies were sold, completely another reporting on how many are using it.
I would be interested to know how many people got Vista bundled with a PC, and how many of these were still using it after a week. It is one thing reporting how many copies were sold, completely another reporting on how many are using it.

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