Microsoft Tells a Different Story

By Joe Wilcox  |  Posted 2008-08-14 Print this article Print


Microsoft's numbers

Microsoft tells a much different story about Vista adoption. Bill Veghte, senior vice president for Microsoft's Online Services & Windows Business Group, spoke about the state of Windows Vista during the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting in late July.

"Are people using it?" Veghte asked. "On the consumer side, you've seen a very, very high mix shift to PCs running Windows Vista. On the enterprise side, you've seen the enterprises [adopting Vista] particularly post-Service Pack 1, because we saw a very strong acceleration post-Service Pack 1. You saw those enterprises accelerating that deployment." But Veghte offered no hard data about Vista adoption, other than to indicate shipment of 40 million Vista licenses during the second quarter of 2008.

That number isn't as big as it looks. According to Gartner, computer manufacturers shipped 72 million PCs worldwide during the second quarter. The number is closer to 70 million when removing x86 servers, which Garter includes in PC shipment data.

However, the OEM channel accounts for only about 80 percent of Vista sales, which makes the number of Vista licenses shipping on new PCs 32 million. OEMs shipped approximately 70 million PCs in the second calendar quarter, but only 32 million Vista licenses were installed on the hardware.

By eWEEK's estimates, then, 46 percent of computers shipped with Windows Vista during the second quarter. Since Vista's Jan. 30, 2007, launch through April 30, 2008, the operating system shipped on 39 percent of PCs, eWEEK estimates, up from 37 percent three months earlier.

Veghte did offer one proof point about Vista, based on survey work done for Microsoft by NPD.

Among the consumers surveyed, 89 percent said they were satisfied or very satisfied, and 83 percent said they would recommend the product. The absence of compelling enterprise adoption data is perhaps commentary enough about Microsoft's failure to widely woo IT organizations to Windows Vista.

The Microsoft executive did speak about Microsoft efforts to resolve well-known application compatibility problems. "We built a list of about 250 enterprise applications that were holding deployment for over 5 million seats, and every single one of those enterprise applications we have a remediation or a solution for today," Veghte said.


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