Microsoft Sees Strong Sales of Windows XP Starter - Page 2

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-07-28 Print this article Print

Turning to what the drivers were to those people considering buying a new operating system, Microsoft found that compatibility topped the list and that those customers wanted issues around application and driver compatibility to be addressed. Also high on the list were features that enabled productivity and new scenarios, with security, quality, costs and brand availability also important, he said.
Turning to the enterprise, Poole said these users wanted to get more down, more effectively and efficiently. "We believe we can deliver increased efficiency. IT managers are also looking at driving down costs, and Windows Vista could knock as much as 25 percent off the annual management cost of a Windows Desktop solution," he said.
Looking ahead, Poole said that Microsoft will continue its developer engagement at its annual Professional Developer Conference in September, while Beta 2 will have end-user engagement and be followed by broad availability in the second half of 2006. "In fiscal year 2006, the client group expects revenue growth of between 5 and 6 percent year-on-year, the OEM channel is expected to continue to drive growth, and a 7 to 8 percent growth in PC shipments is expected," Poole said. Next up was Jeff Raikes, the group vice president of Microsofts Information Worker Business, who said that revenue grew 3 percent to $11 billion in fiscal year 2005, with some 63 million new and renewed Office licenses entering the market. While the year entailed much talk about competitive open-source software like Sun Microsystems Inc.s StarOffice and OpenOffice, "We sell more Office solutions per week than total annual sales for solutions like OpenOffice and StarOffice, Raikes said. The Information Worker Division expects higher growth in fiscal 2006, even though this was the third year for sales of Office 2003. The release of Office 12 is also in the works, he said. "Our mission is to broaden the audience of information workers who use and value our software. To do this required transforming the business, which meant increasing the number of programs, servers, services and solutions we have. We did that with Office System 2003 and will continue to do so with Office 12," Raikes said. Click here to read about the new scenarios Office 12 will bring. Office 12 was the most significant version of Office ever, and with that came an opportunity for a new Premium Edition. "We are doing research right now on how we can configure that Premium Edition. You will also see a huge amount of the Office 12 wave and opportunities at PDC later this year," Raikes said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows 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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