Heh, great collection
Microsoft has this week moved to counter claims that the PC industry is largely unmoved by its latest operating system (OS), by announcing that Windows Vista has shipped 60 million units since it launched back on January 30th of this year.
Computerworld reports that during a presentation at an annual financial meeting in Redmond, Washington, Microsoftâ€™s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner, revealed the 60-million figure, which builds on the 20 million units of Vista shipped within the first month of release, and the 40 million Microsoft claimed within 100 days.
“By our math, we eclipsed the entire installed base of Apple in the first five weeks that this product shipped,” Turner offered, thereby broadly swiping at the competition and also answering recent claims that Vista has thus far lacked convincing traction and is somewhat of a disappointment throughout the computer industry.
Highlighting that the spread of Windows (as a whole) across developing nations will see approximately 1 billion computer systems running with Microsoftâ€™s long-standing OS before the close of 2008, Turner also noted that some 68 percent of users had opted for premium editions of Windows over the last 12 months. That figure marked a 16 percent increase against 2006â€™s performance.
According to Microsoft, combined sales of both XP and Vista have contributed to the American software giant surpassing $50 billion USD in annual revenue for the very first time in its history. Of that figure, the two current operating systems offered up some $15 billion USD between them, a 14 percent increase over the 2006 fiscal year.
However, although Microsoft is keen to point out its total fiscal performance and highlight â€˜shippedâ€™ unit figures (not sales), recent comments from Gianfranco Lanci, the president of Taiwan-based Acer, indicate that many business customers are still opting for XP over Vista on their orders. Lanci openly criticised Vista as being fraught with problems, citing that its “stability is certainly a problem,” and that the “whole PC industry is disappointed with Vista.”
Source: Monsters & Critics
Windows XP Service Pack (SP3), which Microsoft officials said in January to expect in the latter half of 2007, now has slipped into 2008.
Microsoft delivered the last service pack update for XP, Windows XP SP2 (which was actually more of a whole new version of Windows than it was a typical service pack) in August of 2004.
No word yet from Microsoft directly as to why the service pack dates are slipping again. I would guess the company’s response will be that getting Vista and Longhorn Server out the door is the No. 1 priority for the Windows team and SP updates have taken a back seat.
There’s no doubt that some (many?) Microsoft customers will see the latest slip as a less-than-subtle attempt by Microsoft to force them to upgrade to the latest versions of Windows that are coming down the pike. Why stick with an operating system that hasn’t gotten a full-fledged set of bug fixes and updates for two-plus years? Why not just make the move to Vista and Longhorn Server?
Microsoft provided the following statement late on October 19, regarding the timing of XP SP3:
“As we have previously confirmed, we will be releasing another service pack for XP over the course of the (XP) product life cycle. We are now tentatively targeting the first half of 2008 for release. Right now our priority is Windows Vista â€” we’ll have more information to share about the next service pack for XP after Windows Vista ships.”
Digg Inc. and Microsoft Corp. announced on the 25th an agreement in which the two companies will collaborate to bring relevant advertising to the more than 17 million unique monthly visitors to Digg, an innovative Web site that harnesses the collective wisdom of the worldâ€™s online audience to prioritize the overwhelming amount of content available on the Web. Microsoftâ€™s advanced advertising technology and sales force combined with Diggâ€™s unique and growing user community make possible the three-year collaboration, grounded in the companiesâ€™ commitment to technological innovation and user experience.As part of the relationship, Microsoft will be the exclusive provider of display and contextual advertising on Digg.Â The two companies also agreed to work together on future technology and advertising initiatives.
â€œOur collaboration with Digg is about bringing our advertising technology and sales force to one of the fastest-growing sites on the Web and a true innovator in user-generated content,â€ said Steve Berkowitz, senior vice president of the Online Services Group at Microsoft. â€œWe believe advertisers will welcome Microsoft and Diggâ€™s combined strengths to forge more meaningful connections online.â€
Microsoft and Federated Media Publishing, Diggâ€™s current advertising partner, plan to collaborate to bring integrated programs to Diggâ€™s users and advertisers. â€œFederated Media has unique advertising sales assets that dovetail with our efforts, and we look forward to working with them,â€ Berkowitz said.
“Weâ€™re now positioned to provide a world-class advertising solution that builds upon Diggâ€™s philosophy of providing a great experience for users and advertisers,â€ said Jay Adelson, CEO of Digg. â€œAs the Digg audience continues to grow and diversify, we believe that this initiative with Microsoft, and the resources that it provides, will enable us to focus less on developing an advertising infrastructure and more on developing new and innovative features for the site.â€
â€œWe are thrilled to work with these two world-class companies,â€ said John Battelle, founder and CEO of Federated Media. â€œDigg is truly a remarkable brand.â€
The companies expect to begin execution of the agreement in the coming weeks.
Earlier this week, Gianfranco Lanci â€” president of Acer, the world’s fourth-largest computer maker â€” told the Financial Times that “the whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista.”
The PC company executive said Vista has not generated as many sales of new computers as it should have over the past seven months, and that the new operating system has stability problems.
According to Mr. Lanci, many Acer customers are asking for PCs with Windows XP installed instead of Vista, in part because the new software requires a much more advanced set of hardware, but also because of reported stability issues with Vista.
Acer is not the only computer manufacturer to be distancing itself from Vista, however, nor is it the only observer to be less than impressed with the impact the new software has had.
Dell, the world’s second-largest PC maker (just behind Hewlett-Packard), was planning to phase out sales of PCs with XP in favour of the new operating system, but changed its mind after more than 11,000 users voted to keep XP on Dell’s IdeaStorm website.
Microsoft recently reported strong financial results, with record annual revenue of more than $50-billion (U.S.), up by 15 per cent over the previous year.Much of the credit for that goes to Vista, Microsoft said, although the release of Office 2007 also accounted for some of the strength. Some analysts were less than impressed, however.
“Vista appears to be disappointing,” Lehman Brothers analyst Israel Hernandez told the Seattle Times, noting that revenue growth for the Windows division was below his expectations.
Although some of the complaints from Acer and others may be an attempt to blame Microsoft for their own shortcomings, the reality is that Vista is not dramatically better than XP, and so many customers may feel less than compelled to upgrade, particularly if XP is performing well.
That said, Windows Vista is almost certain to become the default PC operating system over the next several years, as users and businesses upgrade their computers (and Microsoft phases out support for XP, which it says it will do next year).
The only question now is how fast or slow that upgrade process will be, and at the moment it seems to be slower than even Microsoft expected.
Source: The Globe and Mail
Â Kewl. You can take your “PC” with you anywhere. Whether you want it, or not…
Microsoft has already started working on Vista successor, codenamed “7” and confirmed that 7 will be in development for the next 3 years. Some hope that 7 will be a more decent version compared to Vista, or as some like to call it: “Me II”. Personally, I like Vista very much, it’s stable, it looks great, and it’s got lots of new, cool things. I don’t see what all the fuss is about. No information regarding 7 has been revealed so there’s nothing else I can tell you about it. I’ll keep an eye out for anything related to Windows 7. Until then, cheery-oh!