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Early Windows 7 Sales Beat Vista By 234%

Gordon Kelly


Early Windows 7 Sales Beat Vista By 234%

Given that Windows 7 pre-order sales out grossed Harry Potter this shouldn't come as much of a surprise - but it isn't all smooth sailing...

According to the NPD Group, Windows 7's first days of sale witnessed a stonking 234 per cent increase compared to Vista, though pre-sale offers meant total revenue was just 82 per cent higher.

Of course a major factor in all this is - as a populace - we tend to own more PCs than ever before, especially in the age of the netbook so there was a bigger market to pitch to. "A combination of factors impacted Windows 7 PC sales at the outset, but the trajectory of overall PC sales is very strong leading into the holiday season," said Stephen Baker at NPD.

It isn't all rosy for Redmond though since security specialist Sophos claims that even with the OS's User Account Control (UAC) protective software on Windows 7 remains worryingly ineffective in combating virus and malware threats without dedicated anti-virus software. No less than eight out of 10 virus, malware and trojan threats that Sophos threw at the OS got through with Sophos senior security engineer Chester Wisniewski commenting: "User Account Control did block one sample; however, its failure to block anything else just reinforces my warning prior to the Windows 7 launch that UAC's default configuration is not effective at protecting a PC from modern malware."

The lesson we all learn from this? Sophos Anti-virus can protect you from this for £133 for a five user licence... or you can get Microsoft Security Essentials (which I have found to be excellent) completely free. Yep, I'm sure that's the message Sophos was trying to get across.

In related news long time Microsoft target Yahoo! has followed Google's lead and announced its own music search (I stress, not my screen grab). An expansion to the existing Yahoo! Video search, this new functionality will intelligently extract the most popular albums and songs for artist or band queries. The integration looks excellent though with the Bing search deal signed, sealed and delivered it seems something of a wasted effort, surely?


Windows 7 Team Blog

Sophos Blog

Yahoo! Video Search music announcement

Andy Vandervell

November 6, 2009, 9:58 pm

If think Sophos has been a bit sneaky really. UAC as it is now is more about preventing/warning users against making changes to system settings that would compromise security. I don't remember MS ever claiming it was meant to replace anti-virus, so quite what Sophos is getting at I'm not sure...oh no, "you need to buy Sophos" - that's it!


November 6, 2009, 10:56 pm

I just put UAC up to the max setting like it was on Vista. Security threat over.

It hardly ever pops up once you have all your apps installed anyway.


November 7, 2009, 2:53 am

Not only is this UAC 'result' expected but it was always obvious Vista's sucessors would sell better - migration to an OS that makes big changes is always slow.


November 7, 2009, 11:49 pm

... what exactly does 234% mean...? there's no such a figure...it just doesn't make sense... quite simply it's meaningless... selling over twice as many gives you a correct idea if that's what was meant?


November 8, 2009, 8:21 pm

well, 234% actually is a number, it's 2.34 times 100%, not meaningless at all to those of us who work in accountancy anyway...so first day sales of W7 were 2.34 times the number of first day sales of Vista....

I'm not in the number though, I'm holding off a couple of months...plus I want to get an SSD to install it on to give me a nice nippy system :-)


November 10, 2009, 7:50 pm

@gdawg304 - 234% more means that W7 sales were 3.34 times Vista's not 2.34x.

If you work in accountancy, I hope you're not doing the books for my company.


November 10, 2009, 8:44 pm

@Timek: you sure?


November 10, 2009, 8:58 pm

Yep, that's right actually, I misread the headline. I read it as W7 sales were 234% of Vista sales, not a 234% increase. It had been a busy day.

Thanks for pointing it out Timek - just goes to show you should always read carefully.

And no fear, got quite enough to do already without moonlighting doing other people's accounts!


November 12, 2009, 2:29 am

... as I said it's meaningless and doesn't make sense. 234 IS a number but 234% is not... there's no accounting for that misunderstanding!It seems that basically Gordon should rewrite the headline to explain clearly what is meant... Percentages can only meaningfully be expressed in terms of the number 100.


November 13, 2009, 3:38 am

Terry - if somebody told you that their house price had gone up over 100% in the last 5 years would you tell them that this information was meaningless? According to you, no - you'd know that the price had at least doubled but not by exactly how much. Now, if the same person then clarified that their house price had in fact gone up exactly 125% would you tell them that this was meaningless because "125% is not a number" - even though you (should) now know exactly how much their house price has increased by? If your answer is Yes, please take some time to consider the absurdity of your position, then come back to us when you've finally figured it out.

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