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Windows 7: Ballmer: Windows 7 sells twice as fast as past ....

19 Nov 2009   #1

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Ballmer: Windows 7 sells twice as fast as past ....

It seems I called that one right when saying 7 would fly off of shelves once out!

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Ballmer: Windows 7 sells twice as fast as past operating systems

He dismisses Mac's market share gains

By Eric Lai
November 19, 2009 12:39 PM ET

Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. said today that Windows 7 has sold twice as many units as any other Microsoft operating system in the same time period.

During its annual shareholders' meeting, CEO Steve Ballmer also dismissed market share gains by Apple Inc.'s Mac computer to "a couple of tenths of a percent" and said that many young people would eventually outgrow their preference for Macs.

"Some of it is marketing, some of it is phase of life," Ballmer said in response to a shareholder question about Microsoft's poor perception among younger buyers. "The truth is we do quite well, even among college students.

"Windows 7 gives us a real opportunity to get back that audience," he continued. "With the down economy, people understand that the Mac is a lot more expensive for essentially the same computer" as Windows 7.
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19 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, with the fact that they got the beta and the RC1 out there and people realized that it was a solid system and gave it good props...it doesn't surprise me that it is selling well.
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19 Nov 2009   #3

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I laughed so hard when I read how Ballmer considers using a MAC a "Phase of Life"

GO BALLMER GO!!!
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19 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

While the computing parts may be the same between a PC and a MAC...the overall experience is significantly different.
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19 Nov 2009   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Well, with the fact that they got the beta and the RC1 out there and people realized that it was a solid system and gave it good props...it doesn't surprise me that it is selling well.
That, and I think a lot of people are realizing that XP is getting long in the tooth, as it were.
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20 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I couldn't agree with that one more! The setback for Vista at the time was the effort MS put into putting in all of the extras into the next version there but ended up with simply too much running. They preloaded it up in order to start off with a totally new look after the lengthy delays.

Unfortunately while ending up with a more secure Windows seeing far less errors it simply was a bit too much for older systems when considering an upgrade there. Just with the beta builds alone you could see how MS had to make a large turnaround and reduce the unnecessary extras as well as introducing some improvements at the same time.

The end result for those who have at least run the RCs and not simply upgrading at this was the noticable improvement in performance overall along with the "lighter feel" being brought in now. That's one of the greater selling points for the new version!
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20 Nov 2009   #7

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I think it goes to show that the consensus of experiences (even having the adequate hardware) with Vista sent the folks clamoring for something lighter, faster, more aesthetic, and just better.
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20 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kencelot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Well, with the fact that they got the beta and the RC1 out there and people realized that it was a solid system and gave it good props...it doesn't surprise me that it is selling well.
That, and I think a lot of people are realizing that XP is getting long in the tooth, as it were.
Yep, I loved XP (both x86 and x64) but it is getting on a bit. I didn't use Vista, but tried the RC of Windows 7 and loved it.
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20 Nov 2009   #9

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kencelot View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Well, with the fact that they got the beta and the RC1 out there and people realized that it was a solid system and gave it good props...it doesn't surprise me that it is selling well.
That, and I think a lot of people are realizing that XP is getting long in the tooth, as it were.
Don't get me wrong here -- I LIKE Windows 7 -- but Windows XP still has plenty of life in it yet (and in some ways can be customized just as nice - or even better than Windows 7).

All sorts of reasons why I'm not giving up entirely on XP (or W2K3 server -- essentially the same OS - actually XP is a single user version of W2K3 server) just yet -- probably not for at least another year or so .

I'm glad Windows 7 is a success -- Windows 7 is what VISTA should have been --but without VISTA I don't suppose we would have had Windows 7 so quick.

However to re-iterate - don't write off XP just yet.

Here's a customised W2K3 desktop -- XP / W2K3 doesn't have to look / behave old - and you can do it completely with standard functionality. Pic shown below.

I'm not an "Aero" lover myself BTW --if you want those types of desktops use a Linux distro - they have those effects in Spades.

Cheers
jimbo


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20 Nov 2009   #10

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I quite like the Aero look myself I agree that without Vista, 7 wouldn't have come so soon, and also XP is still a good OS especially after all the fixes it's solid as a rock.
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