Gates: 40 Million Vista Copies Sold

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-05-15 Print this article Print

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates kicks off WinHEC with claims that the company sold nearly 40 million copies of Windows Vista in the first 100 days since its release.

LOS ANGELES—Nearly 40 million copies of Windows Vista have been sold in the first 100 days following its release, more than twice the sales of Windows XP over the same time period, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said in his opening keynote here at the 15th annual WinHEC. "We have been amazed by the response to Vista and what has happened in the last 100 days. So, in the first five weeks of shipping Vista, we have matched the installed base of any other operating system provider," Gates told several hundred attendees in an address entitled "Platform Innovations for Today and Tomorrow." A recent study by IDC predicted that there would be $120 billion worth of technological innovation as a result of the Windows Vista platform. Home networking will be key to this innovation, and there are "currently millions of homes worldwide with multiple PCs," Gates said.
Microsoft says it sold more than 20 million copies of Vista in February 2007 alone. Click here to read more.
The growth in home networking will drive the development of peripherals, such as digital picture frames, and Microsoft has focused on the underlying infrastructure so its partners could differentiate with regard to the devices they provided, he said. The Windows Home Server, designed to help families with multiple PCs connect and share their content, reached the beta stage earlier in 2007 and will be released before the end of the year, Gates said, noting that there will be a system builder version of the product. Customers will get a free domain name when they buy Windows Home Server, and they will be able to remotely access their content from a link in their Web browsers, he said. While there are four times the number of device drivers for Vista as there were for Windows XP, Microsoft is hoping to have as many of these available for Vista by the end of 2007, with the help of its hardware and device partners, Gates said. VMwares latest virtualization software supports Vista. Click here to read more. Gates also announced the official name for Windows Server "Longhorn," which is now called Windows Server 2008. The product will be a step up in terms of reliability, security and extensibility, Gates said, adding that the recently released public beta had seen 100,000 downloads and would be released to manufacturing by the end of the year. "A beta for our hypervisor technology, known as Viridian, will also be released at that time," he said. Microsoft announced on May 10 that it was cutting a number of core features from Viridian, its upcoming Windows Server virtualization technology, in an effort to meet its quality and shipping goals. Looking ahead to the future of PCs, there are four areas that will have an impact, Gate said. The first he listed was processor inflection, with 64-bit processor penetration on the rise and rapid adoption expected over the next couple of years. What 64-bit technology brought with it was lots of memory, but for the industry this does mean a change in drivers, "although this is not a dramatic change and the industry is about half-way through getting that done," Gates said. Other areas of development include form factors and user interface technology. Microsoft is investing billions of dollars in natural user interface technology and voice input will be a natural way of interacting with these new devices, he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Windows Vista news, views and analysis.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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